Nicolas Otamendi, a former Manchester City defender, was reportedly attacked and burgled at his house in Portugal.
Nicolas Otamendi was violently assaulted and robbed in his home. Four men put a belt around his neck and stole money and watches. This via @cmjornal.— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) December 13, 2021
The 33-year-old was assaulted in the wee hours of Monday morning, less than 24 hours after playing for current club Benfica in their 4-1 league win away to Famalicao.
According to Correio da Manha, a Lisbon-based news outlet, Otamendi was beaten by four robbers who tied a belt around his neck in front of his 'panicked' wife and son before robbing him of money and watches.
According to the report, the Portuguese Judiciary Police are currently investigating the crime, while Benfica have confirmed that the Argentine and his family are healthy.
A statement from Benfica, via Goal, read: "Benfica confirms that their player Nico Otamendi was the victim of a robbery at his home during the early hours of today.
"The athlete and the 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."
Between 2015 and 2020, Otamendi made 210 appearances for Manchester City in all competitions, winning two Premier League titles and seven additional domestic trophies.