Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the victim of a violent armed robbery at his home in the early hours of Monday morning, the Spanish club said.
“He’s fine, ” a Barcelona source told AFP, confirming press reports.
At least four men broke into his house in Castelldefels, near Barcelona, through the garden and threatened him and his wife with pistols and iron bars and beat him.
The thieves fled in a car after forcing the Gabonese international to open a safe and make off with the jewellery inside, the newspaper reported.
A spokeswoman for Catalonia’s police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, confirmed it was investigating a violent robbery in Castelldefels but refused to identify the victim, citing data protection rules.
“The investigation is ongoing and we are gathering information,” she told AFP.
The incident comes at a time when Aubameyang has been linked with a return to the Premier League following interest from Chelsea FC.
He moved from Arsenal FC to FC Barcelona in February after falling out with Gunners coach Mikel Arteta over disciplinary offences.
In Spain, several prominent footballers have been victims of robberies, with most of these burglaries taking place during the stars’ playing days.
In June, police arrested six people in connection with the three-million-euro burglary at the home of former Brazilian striker Ronaldo.
Paris Saint-Germain player Marco Verratti was staying at Ronaldo’s house in Ibiza but was not at home when the burglars struck, taking jewellery and cash.
And earlier this month, police seized Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski’s watch, which was stolen as the player signed autographs before a training session.