Erik Lamela has had a stressful weekend in terms of his private life.
Tottenham Hotspur snapped up Argentine playmaker Erik Lamela this summer - their third record signing of the summer after the acquisitions of Paulinho and Roberto Soldado also smashed their previous record transfer fee.
Lamela, is more than any of the new signings at Tottenham, being looked at to replace the departed Gareth Bale - who of course joined Real Madrid for a world record fee on Transfer Deadline Day.
Unfortunately his time at Spurs has so far been a slog, with his fitness low and an unfortunate turn of circumstances in his homeland - involving his little brother Axel.
The 18-year-old was reportedly kidnapped on Friday and held hostage by armed men for several hours in the Vicente Lopez area of Buenos Aires.
It is of course not the first tale of a professional footballer’s family member being kidnapped. Robinho, Joseph Yobo, Hulk, Romario and Grafite are all players who have had to deal with this problem in their respective homelands. In those cases their family members were returned safely - in others that is not always the case.
Kakha Kaladze, formerly of AC Milan and Genoa, for instance. His brother Levan was kidnapped in Georgia shortly after Kakha made his move to Milan from Dynamo Kiev and his body was unfortunately found dead four years later.
Wilson Palacios’s little brother Edwin was kidnapped in 2007 and the family paid the ransom for his release. Unfortunately, two years later his body was also found.
So this can be a very serious matter, but fortunately in this case the culprits did not know who they had gotten hold of.
It is reported that they simply kidnapped him because of the BMW he was driving - without any knowledge of him being the brother of one of football’s most expensive players.
Therefore there ransom was 5,000 pesos, roughly £550.
Luckily this tale has ended favourably for Lamela and his family, but it could have been a lot different if the kidnappers knew who they had hold of.
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