Ajax attacker Dusan Tadic was reportedly attacked by two armed robbers outside his home last month, just days before his side's Super Cup clash against PSV.
According to Dutch news outlet, De Telegraaf, the former Southampton player was approached by two men wearing motorcycle helmets as he got out of his car at his Amsterdam house at around midnight on the 28th of July.
After initially trying to flee the scene, the Serbian had to involve himself in a physical confrontation with the robbers and it's also reported that he managed to pull the up the visor of one of the attackers and slap him.
After the confrontation, Dusan Tadic fled to a nearby restaurant to seek help, while the robbers left on a scooter.
According to Serbian site Espresso, Tadic only suffered minor injuries to his hand and ripped his clothes during the scary encounter.
According to reports, the men had previously called to Dusan Tadic's house in the days leading up to the attack, where they were dressed as pizza delivery men. With Tadic out of the house at the time, his wife was suspicous of the men and thankfully chose to not open the door.
Only days after the attack, Tadic played in Ajax's 5-3 defeat to PSV in the Dutch Super Cup and has featured in their Eredivisie opener against Fortuna Sittard.
Dusan Tadic: Other footballers targeted
The attempted robbery of Dusan Tadic comes just over a year after PSV striker Eran Zahavi's wife and three children were tied up after a home invasion. After hearing about the break in, Zahavi missed PSV's game against Willem. Thankfully all four victims we're physically unharmed.
Back in 2019, two men tried to rob the watches of then Arsenal players Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac in broad daylight. What the thieves didn't expect was for Kolasinac to fight back and defend his teammate.
One of the men, later named as Ashley Smith, was jailed for ten years.
It must be a terrifying experience for anybody to go through, but it seems footballers like Dusan Tadic and Mesut Ozil are being targeted more frequently.