Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo was a victim of attack on Thursday night after four burglars stormed his home and made away with jewelries.
The 27-year-old sustained facial injuries after fighting back against the intruders, who made off with stolen jewelries.
Cancelo’s partner, Daniela and baby daughter were in the house when the ordeal took place, an incident which left the full back shaken.
The Portugal international, who lives in the suburbs of Manchester, posted a picture of himself on Instagram to document his wounds following the attack.
Unfortunately today I was assaulted by four cowards who hurt me and tried to hurt my family,’ he said.
‘When you show resistance this is what happens. They managed to take all my jewellery and leave me with my face with this state.
‘I don’t know how there are people with such meanness. The most important thing for me is my family and luckily they are all OK.
And after so many obstacles in my life, this is just one more than I will overcome. Firm and strong, like always.’
City said in a statement late on Thursday night: ‘We are shocked and appalled that Joao Cancelo and his family were subjected to a burglary at their home this evening during which Joao was also assaulted.
‘Joao and his family are being supported by the club and he is helping the police with their enquiries as they investigate this very serious matter.’