Gunmen rob SA football star Benni McCarthy at barber shop

Johannesburg: South Africa's record goal-scorer Benni McCarthy was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday while having a haircut in Johannesburg, his agent said.

South African footballer Benni McCarthy. Pic/Getty Images
South African footballer Benni McCarthy. Pic/Getty Images 

Three gunmen stormed a barber's shop in Johannesburg's Melrose suburb, robbing the 37-year-old of his wedding ring, watch and other valuables. He was not injured.

McCarthy's agent Percy Adams said the robbers targeted just the striker — who helped Portugal club FC Porto win the 2004 Champions League under Jose Mourinho — in a packed salon.

The robbers ignored nine other patrons in the hairdressers. "They didn't even touch other people, they didn't want money, nothing, they just went for him, took what they got from him and then left," Adams told Talk Radio 702.

McCarthy is post-apartheid South Africa's leading scorer with 31 goals, including eight at the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso where Bafana Bafana finished runners-up.

He went on to play in Europe including Portugal, Spain and England with Blackburn and West Ham.

He is currently studying for a UEFA coaching licence with Scottish club Hibernian.

Several South African sporting stars have been victims of crimes in the past year, including Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot dead during a suspected robbery last year.

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