Karim Benzema’s house was broken into on Sunday while the French striker was playing for Real Madrid against Elche.
Benzema, who missed a penalty and subsequently left the Santiago Bernabeu injured, returned to find his residence “in a complete shambles,” but it is unclear what was stolen.
“The player realised what happened when he got home after the match and found the whole house in a complete mess,” sources said.
Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez of ESPN reported the burglary took place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET, which was at the same time Benzema was in action in the 2-2 draw.
Benzema lives in the town of San Sebastian de los Reyes, just north of Madrid. The intruders are believed to have jumped the fence outside the house before entering after breaking a window.
Despite police efforts to crack down on the problem in recent years, the 34-year-old is the latest footballer in Spain to have his house stolen into while playing a match.
Casemiro of Real Madrid and Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid, who is currently with Arsenal, were among those who were in the list.
With what seemed to be a hamstring injury, Benzema had to be replaced in the second half of Real Madrid’s 2-2 tie with Elche. He will be subjected to more testing on Monday, according to the club. The forward had also missed a penalty in the first half, which was his first miss from the spot for Madrid in 17 attempts.
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