Robert Lewandowski had his watch worth around €70,000 stolen while stopping for fans on his way to Barcelona training session on Wednesday.
Police tracked down and arrested the thief who buried the watch nearby.
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As Lewandowski, a €45m summer signing from Bayern Munich, posed for photos with fans in his car outside Barca’s training ground, the thief opened the passenger door and stole the watch.
Lewandowski tried to give chase but he escaped, only to be found later by local police.
Barca previously faced security issues at the entrance to their training ground as players complained about stunts performed by people making videos for TikTok.
However, club sources say they will now make further security changes to avoid similar incidents in the future.
Lewandowski made his debut for Barcelona in Saturday’s LaLiga opener – a disappointing goalless home draw against Rayo Vallecano. The Poland international was only registered with LaLiga the day before after Barcelona sold more assets to meet the league’s strict financial regulations.
Barcelona are set to play their second game of the season at Real Sociedad on Sunday (streaming live, 4pm ET, ESPN+).
https://www.espn.com/soccer/barcelona-espbarcelona/story/4724771/robert-lewandowski-has-70k-watch-stolen-outside-barcelona-training-ground Robert Lewandowski has €70k watch stolen outside Barcelona training ground