Everton goalkeeper Robin Olsen was the victim of a horrifying home invasion at his home in Manchester.
The Premier League gloveman was at home with his wife and two young children when a masked gang broke in on Saturday night – and threatened the family with a machete, the club confirmed to BBC.
No one was injured in the incident, though the attackers absconded with a watch and other valuable jewellery.
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The Toffees said they were “offering Robin and his family as much support as is possible”.
The 31-year-old Swedish international is on a season-long loan from Roma, but is currently out of action due to injury.
He is not the first Premier League figure to be targeted for theft. A long list of stars have had their homes burgled – with police stating they may considered an ‘easy target’ since their playing schedules are publicly available.
The most infamous attack on players came in July 2019, when then-Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were targeted in a brazen daylight attack on the streets of North London.
A pair of thieves bearing improvised weapons attempted to rob the duo of watches worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Kolasinac fought off the armed attackers, before the pair were chased in Ozil’s car by the duo riding a stolen moped. One of the attackers was jailed for 10 years over the incident.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti last month had a safe stolen from his house when burglars invaded his Liverpool home while his adult daughter was reportedly home. The safe – which had been forced open – was found in a car park later on.
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho reportedly had his home burgled during Liverpool’s final Premier League game of last season, where the Reds finally lifted the coveted trophy.
Spurs star Dele Alli was at home in May 2020 when armed raiders ordered him to hand over valuables. Former teammate Jan Vertonghen had his home invaded when overseas for a fixture.
The list of Premier League stars also victimised by includes Mamadou Sakho, the Crystal Palace defender, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool.
Former Arsenal keeper David Ospina, England legends Ian Wright, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have all been victimised in the past decade.