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Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski’s $71k Watch Stolen; Police Detain Alleged Thief

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New Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski reportedly had a 70,000 ($71,000) watch stolen while stopping to pose for pictures with fans outside the club’s training grounds on Wednesday, per Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens of ESPN.

Police have since detained the alleged culprit, who had buried the watch close to the training ground.

Lewandowski reportedly attemptedto chase down the alleged thief, although person could escape before being apprehended by authorities.

Security has reportedly become something of a problem for the club, however.

Per ESPN’s report: “Barca experienced issues with security at the entrance with their training ground before, with players complaining about stunts pulled by people making videos for TikTok. However, club sources say they’ll now make further changes to security in order to avoid similar incidents happening later on.”

Lewandowski, 33, was the marquee addition for Barcelona come early july, joining the club on a a 45 million ($45.3 million) transfer from Bayern Munich in a shopping spree that also included the additions of Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie, alongside signing players like Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto to new contracts.

To financially accomplish those moves, however, Barcelonaabout a billion dollars in debthave spent the summertime selling off assets.

They sold 25 percent of these domestic television income to Sixth Street for another 25 years for 511 million ($515.5 million). Another 24.5 percent of Barca Studios was dealt to Socios.com for 100 million ($100.8 million). And 24.5 percent of Barca Studios visited Orpheus Media for 100 million.

That money was had a need to register their new signings with La Liga. Perhaps an extremely small portion will head to new security measures, too, after Wednesday’s incident.

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