Masked burglars have broken into the home of Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti this evening, who are believed to have been disturbed by his daughter.
The former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss, 61, was not home at the time of the break-in, at about 6.30pm last night.
A safe was taken by the pair, who were wearing black clothes and balaclavas who ran from the home on Merseyside.
His daughter, Katia Ancelotti, is believed to have been in the Blundellsands home at the time and disturbed the crooks.
Carlo Ancelotti is not believed to have been home at the time of the incident but daughter Katia (pictured) was home alone
Carlo Ancelotti, who has also managed the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea, has previously spoken of how much he enjoys living on Merseyside
A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: ‘We are appealing for information after a safe was stolen in a burglary in Crosby on Friday evening (12 February).
‘We were called at 6.35pm to a report two males had entered a property on Hall Road East at around 6.30pm.
‘The offenders were described as wearing black waterproof clothing, possibly with white writing on, and black balaclavas.
His daughter Katia Ancelotti is said to have disturbed the pair who escaped with a safe
‘The occupants of the house were unharmed.
‘Officers attended and enquiries into the incident are ongoing.
‘The property will be forensically examined and CCTV opportunities are being explored.’
A string of players have been targeted by thieves over the years during their time on Merseyside.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was playing a Champions League tie against Marseille when masked raiders broke into his home. They threatened to ’take his kids’ when his wife, Alex Curran, confronted them.
Ex-Reds striker Peter Crouch was targeted twice by burglars, in 2006 and 2011.
And former Everton captain Phil Jagielka was held at knifepoint when a gang burst into his home in Cheshire.