Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller experienced a roller coaster of emotions on his birthday after his home was burgled in the middle of the Champions League match against Barcelona.
The Bavarians won the game 2-0 thanks to goals early in the second half from Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane.
According to German newspaper Bild, the midfielder’s home was broken into at around 22:00 local time on Tuesday night during the match against Barcelona.
Police confirmed that cash, jewellery and valuables in the six-figure range were stolen. There is still no trace of the thieves and investigations are already underway.
The Bayern captain, who turned 33 on Tuesday, found out about the incident shortly after the final whistle and went straight home. This also explains why Muller did not give any post-match interviews.
Officially, Bayern had announced that the sudden departure of their player was due to a “private appointment”.
Statement by Bavarian Police on Muller’s burglary
“Yesterday evening at around 22:00, the police were notified of a burglary at a single-family house in the municipality of Otterfing via an alarm centre and several patrols were sent to the property to check it out,” the police said.
“While only a few minutes later the first patrol car from the Holzkirchen police station arrived at the residential building, at least two unknown perpetrators fled through the garden into an adjacent field and escaped in the dark.
“As a result, other emergency services as well as service dog handlers and a police helicopter were alerted to the community of Otterfing for an intensive search for the escaped burglars. However, the search measures have been unsuccessful to date.
“During the ongoing search for the perpetrators, the permanent criminal service of the Rosenheim Criminal Police Inspectorate took over the initial investigations at the crime scene, which are now being continued by the Miesbach Criminal Police Station due to responsibility.
“The strangers stole cash, jewellery and valuables in the mid six-figure range.”