Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci foils attempted armed robbery by punching mugger in the face

Posted by - October 22, 2012 - Italy, Oddballs

Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci escaped unharmed from an attempt to rob him at gunpoint by punching his attacker in the face.

The Italy international was leaving a Ferrari dealership in Turin with his wife and baby when he was approached. A man held a gun against his head and demanded Bonucci hand over his expensive watch.

The would-be thief must have thought he’d hit the jackpot. But when he reached for Bonucci’s wrist to remove the watch, the defender punched him in the face with his other hand. The man jumped onto the back of a moped being ridden by an accomplice, at which point Bonucci started chasing the bike on foot.

The mugger reportedly shouted: “What are you doing? Are you mad? I’ll shoot you.”

Bonucci wrote on his Facebook page: “A few days ago an unpleasant incident occurred.

“I am not a hero, but I simply found myself in the wrong situation at the wrong time.

“It all happened in a matter of seconds and it came from an instinctive reaction and certainly not an attempt to emulate the superheroes you see at the cinema.”

So you’d think that the physical strengths of Serie A’s top strikers would hold very little fear for Bonucci, but the video above does call that into question.