Benni McCarthy has been robbed at gunpoint at a barber shop in Johannesburg. The former South Africa forward, who played in England for Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United, was targeted in the shop, where armed men stole jewellery from him, according to his agent.
Percy Adams, a witness, said one man pointed a gun at McCarthy’s face and demanded his watch, earrings and wedding ring. Adams told Eyewitness News that McCarthy was not hurt and other customers were not targeted in the incident.
McCarthy, who won the 2004 Champions League under José Mourinho at Porto, is South Africa’s record goalscorer. Most recently, he has become involved with the Hibernian coaching staff in Scotland.
The South Africa goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed in an apparent house robbery near Johannesburg last year. Police are still investigating.