Italian and Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and his partner experienced a terrifying ordeal as they were attacked and robbed at their home in Paris. According to police sources, several assailants targeted the couple in their flat in the eighth district of the city, where they were tied up before managing to escape to a nearby hotel. Hotel staff raised the alarm, and the couple was subsequently taken to the hospital.
The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed that an investigation has been launched into charges of armed robbery in an organized gang and aggravated violence in connection with the incident at Mr. Donnarumma’s residence. The attackers allegedly made off with valuables, including jewelry, watches, and luxury leather goods, worth an estimated €500,000.
The 24-year-old footballer, who recently moved to Paris, sustained light injuries, while his partner, model Alessia Elefante, was fortunately unharmed. In a statement, his agent revealed that the couple is in shock but coping under the circumstances, and both are cooperating with the police in their inquiries.
France’s special police unit targeting armed robbery and burglaries, BRB, has initiated a comprehensive investigation into the incident. Donnarumma had plans to join the Paris St-Germain squad for their pre-season friendly match against Le Havre and a tour of Japan and South Korea, scheduled for later that day.
This unfortunate incident is not the first time PSG footballers have been targeted by gangs. In the past, similar attacks have occurred while players were away from their homes. The Paris St-Germain community has experienced incidents of burglary and robbery, affecting players like Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, and Eric Choupo-Moting.
Furthermore, high-profile footballers across Europe have faced similar threats, with incidents involving players in the UK and the Netherlands. In light of these concerning events, authorities are taking necessary measures to ensure the safety of athletes and their families.