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Italy legend Roberto Baggio struck by gun during Euro 2024 Spain match as family home burgled

The star of the 1994 World Cup suffered a head wound before his family were locked up for 40 minutes.

The Italian football legend, winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1993, was injured when he was hit with a pistol.

Italy soccer legend Roberto Baggio and his family were locked up for 40 minutes on Thursday as they watched their country take on Spain in a Euro 2024 group game. According to Italian media, armed robbers broke into Baggio’s villa, struck him on the head with a gun and locked him and his family in a room before making off with valuables.

Roberto Baggio suffers head wound in attack on family

The 57-year old suffered a head wound after being struck with the butt of the weapon at his home in Altavilla Vicentina in the province of Vicenza in the north east of Italy, Il Corriere della Sera reported on Friday.

The ordeal began at approximately 10:00 p.m. local time (4:00 p.m. ET), when a group of five armed robbers broke in as the 1993 Ballon d’Or winner and his family were watching Italy’s European Championship fixture against Spain on television.

Baggio was the stand-out player at the 1994 World Cup in the United States but missed a decisive penalty against Brazil in the final.
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Baggio was the stand-out player at the 1994 World Cup in the United States but missed a decisive penalty against Brazil in the final. Juventus FC - ArchiveDiarioAS

Ex-Italy star receives stitches after gun strike

Baggio confronted them and had a brief altercation with one of the assailants, who hit him on the head with the butt of his gun.

The ex-Italy international and his family were then locked in a room for around 40 minutes as the thieves searched for money and valuables.

The star of the 1994 World Cup in the United States was able to break down the door and contact police once the burglars had left, and was later taken to a nearby emergency room in Arzignano, where he received several stitches.

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