Jose Reina, the Liverpool goalkeeper whose penalty saves ensured his team's progress into the Champions League final, came home to find his house burgled after last night's celebrations.
Fresh from blocking two out of three Chelsea efforts in the decisive shoot-out and bolstering his reputation as one of the finest penalty stoppers in the game, Reina returned to his house in Woolton, Liverpool, shortly before one o'clock in the morning to find it ransacked.
Jewellery, a Bang and Olufsen entertainment system, personal documents and a grey Porsche Cayenne with Spanish number plates had been stolen. The Porsche was found burnt out in the West Derby district of Liverpool at 6.30am, according to Merseyside Police. Reina did not want to comment.
The Spain goalkeeper is the latest high-profile footballer to be targeted by burglars in Liverpool, who rely on players' well publicised absences and professional duties to know when their houses are empty.
Jerzy Dudek, Reina's predecessor in the Liverpool goal, whose saves and penalty heroics secured the Champions League title for the club in 2005, was burgled last year and lost his European Cup medal in the raid. Thieves also took his Porsche and jewellery.
Daniel Agger, the defender who scored Liverpool's goal last night, had his Wirral home burgled in September last year while the team's England striker, Peter Crouch, suffered a break-in at his house in Alderley Edge while he was training with the national team.
Players at Everton have also suffered burglaries. The winger, Andy van der Meyde, was burgled twice last year, including one raid in which his pedigree puppy was taken, and the parents of Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United striker whose career started at Everton, have also been hit. Rooney's BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year trophy was stolen in July 2006.