A Premier League star and his terrified wife were reportedly tied up by masked thugs carrying machetes in a horrifying robbery at their home.
The unnamed player was allegedly dragged around his £1.5million house after a break-in by a gang during the recent international break.
The Sun claim he was watching his teammates on TV whilst his partner took a bath when four men smashed through a glass door to gain entry.
Their home was ransacked of watches, jewellery and electrical items whilst both were tied up during the terrifying ordeal.
A source told The Sun: “It’s everyone’s worst nightmare. He was pretty brave and did his best, but he was outnumbered and they were pretty aggressive.
“The player lives a pretty low-profile life off the pitch, so he was shocked to be targeted. He doesn’t flash his wealth and enjoys being as normal as possible.”
Police said: “Entry was forced to the property and jewellery, along with other household items, were stolen. Inquiries are ongoing.”
It is not the first time a top-level footballer has been targeted in a similar fashion.
Back in March, Everton goalkeeper Robin Olsen and his family were confronted by a gang at their home in Cheshire.
Last May, Tottenham and England star Dele Alli was attacked by two knifemen at his £2million home.
Alli was punched in the face after being threatened by two masked intruders armed with knives, who made off with thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, including expensive watches.
Alli tweeted at the time: “Thank you for all the messages. Horrible experience but we’re all okay now. Appreciate the support.”
In the aftermath of that incident, many players turned to guard dogs for protection and ramped up security at their homes.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is one of those and posted pictures online – as did Manchester United teammate Jesse Lingard – of dogs from Leicestershire’s Chaperone K9.
Its breeds, which are predominantly German and Belgian Shepherds, sell for £15,000.
“All players are worried by this. Who wants to get robbed at home? It’s awful whoever you are,” a source with knowledge of the situation told The Sun at the time.
“The players talk to each other directly or through little cliques.
“They get a lot of attention when out, and their home is a place to chill.”
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