Barcelona footballer Aubameyang attacked at his home by masked thieves

A group of masked men broke into the home of Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and attacked and robbed him early on Monday, the football club said.

FC Barcelona have confirmed the incident and said the player and his wife are doing well.

Authorities told Spanish daily El Pais that Aubameyang was beaten and forced to open a safe where the couple kept jewelry. The attackers allegedly threatened him and his wife with guns and iron bars.

Authorities said at least four men entered the player’s home and then escaped in a car.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once played for Arsenal (Martin Rickett/PA)

The 33-year-old didn’t feature in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Valladolid in the Spanish Premier League on Sunday night. He is among the players who should be sold to another team so the club can clear a salary cap.

Two weeks ago, Barcelona’s new signing Robert Lewandowski had a watch ripped off his arm as he arrived for training at the club’s training centre.

It is not uncommon for footballers’ homes to be broken into in Spain, although the crimes usually occur when players and their families are away during games.

Reported victims in the past include Casemiro, Alvaro Morata, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba and former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

A few years ago, the Spanish police busted a gang that robbed players’ homes during matches.

Helen J. Jimenez