Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was attacked by armed gangs equipped with irons bars at his residence in the early hours of Monday as confirmed by Barcelona.
During the burglary, Aubameyang and his wife were handcuffed and tied up for an extended period, according to club sources, but neither suffered serious injuries.
The thieves broke into Aubameyang’s home in Castelldefels, just outside of Barcelona, where he lives with his wife and two children, in the early hours of Monday morning, August 29, 2022.
The house is about 200 meters away from the homes of ex-Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who both use private security firms to protect their properties.
Aubameyang, 33, had just returned home from Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Sunday, in which he was an unused substitute.
Authorities said at least four masked raiders broke into the player’s home and fled in a car.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Aubameyang was hit and forced to open a safe where the couple kept their jewelry.
Despite the incident, the 33-year-old former Arsenal player and his wife are doing well, according to FC Barcelona.
Aubameyang, a Gabonese international, joined Barcelona in January after spending time with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and Arsenal.
According to police sources, the gang has yet to be apprehended.
Recently, Aubameyang’s teammate Robert Lewandowski had his €70,000 watch stolen from his car as he arrived for training at Barcelona’s Ciutat Esportiva base.
Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang ONM (born 18 June 1989) is a Spanish La Liga striker who currently plays for Barcelona. He is known for his speed, finishing ability, and off-ball movement.
He is a former Gabonese international and the country’s all-time leading goalscorer. He was born in France.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the son of former Gabonese international Pierre Aubameyang, began his senior club career with Italian club AC Milan but never played for the club due to a series of loan spells in France.
In 2011, he relocated to Saint-Étienne. He won the Coupe de la Ligue there before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
In Germany, Aubameyang was the league’s top goalscorer in 2016-17, winning the DFB-Pokal.
He is also the club’s seventh all-time leading scorer. Aubameyang was the subject of a then-club record association football transfer in 2018, when he joined Arsenal for £56 million (€60 million), making him the most expensive Gabonese player of all time.
He won the FA Cup with Arsenal and was the league’s joint-top goalscorer in 2018-19. Aubameyang joined Barcelona in 2022 after his contract with Arsenal was mutually terminated.
Gabon’s all-time leading scorer is Aubameyang. He made his senior debut for Gabon in 2009, at the age of 19, and went on to play in four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In 2016, Aubameyang was named African Footballer of the Year, becoming the first Gabonese and the second European-born player to do so.