The home of Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina was burgled last night while he played in last night’s Champions League semi-final against Chelsea.
The Spaniard booked Liverpool’s place in the final by saving two out of three penalties in a shoot-out.
He returned from the celebrations at 12.45am to find that his home in Woolton, Liverpool, had been ransacked.
Jewellery, a Bang and Olufsen entertainment system, personal documents and a grey Porsche Cayenne with Spanish number plates were taken.
The Porsche was found burnt out in the West Derby area of Liverpool at 6.30am, according to Merseyside Police.
Reina did not want to comment.
The burglary follows a trend of footballers’ homes being targeted, often when they are playing matches.
The Merseyside home of Jerzy Dudek, Liverpool’s goalkeeper from the 2005 Champions League final penalty shoot-out, was burgled in June 2006.
He was on holiday in Poland when thieves took his Porsche car, jewellery and football memorabilia, including his European Cup medal.
Daniel Agger, who scored for Liverpool last night, had his Wirral home burgled in September last year.
Reds striker Peter Crouch’s house in Alderley Edge was targeted in the same month while he was on England duty.
Everton winger Andy van der Meyde was burgled twice last year, including one raid in which his pedigree puppy was taken.
Wayne Rooney also lost memorabilia, including his BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year trophy, when his parents’ Liverpool home was burgled in July 2006.