This week certainly hasn’t been the best for Barcelona’s new signing Robert Lewandowski.
The former Bayern Munich player didn’t exactly dazzle in his La Liga debut last weekend, and now the Poland international has been robbed by a swarm of FC Barcelona supporters who he thought were only there to meet him.
According to Mundo Deportivo:
When Robert Lewandowski arrived to the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Thursday afternoon to begin the evening training session with Xavi Hernández, he had a very bad experience. The Polish FC Barcelona striker arrived in his car at the roundabout near the club's facilities in Sant Joan Desp, where interested fans and tiktokers awaited. According to a first eyewitness, the burglar entered the Golden Boot winner's vehicle through the passenger door with the goal of taking his phone and fleeing. However, the theft was carried out later, according to TV3Citing police sources, when the footballer dropped the window of his vehicle to sign autographs for three persons while a fourth broke in to steal his watch, a model of the famed Patek Phillippe brand worth at 70,000 euros.
This isn’t the best of welcoming experience for the former Bayern Munich star. According to Mundo Deportivo, Lewandowski also tried to chase the thief on his own in his car.
According to the same reports, Lewandowski attempted to reclaim his watch by apprehending the thief, but he escaped and the player lost sight of him.
The Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalonia police) were able to apprehend the offender, who admitted to taking the watch. Fortunately, the watch was also retrieved.
This is the latest in a string of events that have drew criticism for the club’s lack of protection surrounding the stadium. In the last year, Samuel Umtiti has been confronted by supporters and a crowd thronging around former manager Ronald Koeman’s car, endangering the club’s staff’s safety. Joan Laporta fired the director of security last November, but it appears to have had little effect.