Former Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi was reportedly assaulted and robbed of money and jewellery at his home in Portugal.
Otamendi, 33, now plays for Benfica and a report by Correio de Manha has detailed the violent assault against the player after a match against Famalicão at his home in Lisbon.
Four attackers are alleged to have assaulted Otamendi, placed a belt around his neck before taking money and watches.
The Argentine’s wife, Michele, and their son were said to have been at home during the time of the attack.
The report details how Otamendi was met by the intruders when he arrived home, having been away for Benfica’s 4-1 against Famalicão.
He was reportedly assaulted before a belt was placed around his neck.
Otamendi, it has then been claimed, was led into a room where his ‘panicked’ wife and son were based during the robbery.
In a statement, via Portuguese outlet Record, Benfica confirmed the player was the victim of a robbery on Monday morning.
‘Sport Lisboa e Benfica confirms that their player Nico Otamendi was the victim of a robbery at his home during the early hours of today,’ the statement read.
‘The player and his family are doing well, despite the enormous discomfort caused by the situation they are experiencing.
‘Sport Lisboa e Benfica calls for the privacy of the player and his family to be respected by all the media, while awaiting the conduct of investigations initiated by the authorities.’
Police are said to have already started their investigation into the attack.
Otamendi made the move to Portugal from Man City in the summer of 2020 having won two Premier League titles in England.
He enjoyed rich success on the pitch in 2021 having won the Copa America with Argentina.
Nicholas Otamendi was in a good mood that day. Don’t stay – or why? His team won the Benfica League match 4-1 by a huge margin a while ago.
Against Famacicao, the club is considered a rising force in the Portuguese league. But as soon as he returned home from the field, all the happiness of Otamendi vanished in an instant. The four robbers who took possession of his house on the bridge!
Argentine defender Otamendi has been robbed. The robbers tied his hands and face and took him inside the house. Otamendi’s wife and two children were at home then.
Everyone has been tortured. Later the whole house was ransacked by robbery. The four miscreants robbed several watches and watches of Otamendi. The news was reported by Portuguese media Correiro de Manaha.
The news was later reported by various media outlets in Argentina and Brazil, such as Globesport and Mundo Albiceleste. Otamendi club Benfica has confirmed the truth of the incident.
Benfica said in an official statement that the athlete and his family are now in good health, although they are having a difficult time due to the situation.
The 33-year-old center-back played a key role in Argentina’s Copa Am জrica win this year.
He is an integral part of coach Lionel Scaloni’s plan. Otamendi signed for Benfica from Manchester City in September 2020.