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The ‘Bandit of Bilbao’: Javi Martinez Rubbishes Rumours of Athletic Bilbao Break-In

A narrative of a drunken skilled footballer breaking into his former employer’s coaching floor ​at 2:00 a.m. so as to raid “a selected locker containing prized possession”, sounds too good to be true…and that is as a result of, sadly (based on Javi Martinez) it’s. 

The reported perpetrator of this hilarious crime was Bayern Munich and Spanish famous person Javi Martinez, who in his latest ​Player’s Tribune article, revealed that the occasions reported by Marca have been virtually wholly fabricated: 

“Nearly each different a part of this humorous little crime caper, as instructed by sure Spanish newspapers on the time is flawed. It makes me chuckle fascinated about it now, years later.”

Javi Martinez

Within the article, the 29-year-old central midfielder explains that the story was merely massively aggrandized by Spanish media retailers. Martinez writes that after the completion of his €40m transfer to Bayern Munich in the summertime of 2012, he was refused entry to the membership’s coaching amenities the place he had left quite a few belongings: 

“They wouldn’t let me go earlier than coaching as a result of they thought it would create some unhealthy vibes. That’s honest sufficient — I had no drawback with that in any respect. However my boots have been nonetheless in there, and my laptop computer and my garments. Every thing was nonetheless in my locker,” said Martinez.

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“I had been within the metropolis throughout the day, so at round 9:30 or so (not 2 a.m.), I went there to select up all my stuff. I rang the bell for safety to open for about 15 minutes, however nobody got here. There was some building work being completed on the time, so I assume the bell wasn’t working. I referred to as the staff supervisor, however he didn’t choose up his cellphone. I knew from my years at Lezama that there was one other entry level, nearer to the altering rooms, so I walked over there, calling for the safety guard, Iker, to let me in.

“He got here out, opened up and let me in. I picked up the stuff and left. And that … was it. Nothing else occurred.” 

Trying again on the experiences, the Spanish worldwide sees the humour in the entire occasion, writing that it will likely be “fairly humorous” when his grandchildren Google his identify in 12 months’s to return and discover the a narrative of the Grandparent with the title: ‘Javi Martinez, the Bandit of Bilbao’.

“When my grandchildren google my identify sometime, 40 or 50 years from now, what is going to they study? Maybe they may learn the loopy newspaper tales about their grandpa, the bandit of Bilbao. That will be fairly humorous, truly.”


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