César- Former soccer player Roberto Fabián Ayala, current member of the coaching staff of the Argentina Selection, suffered a robbery while driving in his vehicle on a highway on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, sources from the Argentine Football Association (AFA) confirmed this Tuesday to Efe.
According to these sources, the event took place on Sunday night, when the former defenseman was traveling with his private car on Route 9, specifically at the height of Zárate, about 90 kilometers north of the Argentine capital.
At that time, a group of criminals threw several stones at Ayala’s vehicle, forcing him to stop and stealing his mobile phone and a sum of cash that, according to local media, amounted to 650,000 pesos (6,600 US dollars or 5,620 euros).
The photos of the event show how the impact of the cobblestones caused severe damage to the vehicle, causing the two tires on the left side to break.
After the assailants fled to the San Cayetano neighborhood, and after the initial scare, ‘el Ratón’ was able to communicate with the emergency services thanks to another driver who stopped to help him.
According to the AFA, Roberto Ayala is currently in good health.
Ayala, who had a successful career as a player for River Plate, Milan, Valencia, Villareal and Real Zaragoza, in between, retired at the end of 2010.
After a few brief steps as sports director of the Argentine national team, Racing Club and Valencia, Ayala joined Lionel Scaloni’s coaching staff at the beginning of 2019.