According to Marca, Saturday night seemed to be going so well for Barcelona’s January signing Kevin-Prince Boateng as he made a rare LaLiga Santander start, but he returned home after the match against Real Valladolid to find he his house been robbed. His home, in the northern part of the Sarria district, was targeted by thieves who took jewellery and money worth between 300,000 and 400,000 euros.
The local police, Mossos, will now lead a full investigation as reported by both Mundo Deportivo and El Pais, with MARCA having since confirmed the news. It is not the first such case this season either, given that Jordi Alba’s home was targeted by criminals as he faced Inter in Milan.
However ahead of Champions League football, everybody at Lyon, and all across Europe, know that Lionel Messi is Barcelona’s greatest weapon, yet the French side are also aware of the threat that Malcom poses. The Brazilian scored four goals in four games against Les Gones during his two seasons with Bordeaux as the 21-year-old ended up with a record of two wins and two draws.
In fact, Malcom scored in each of his two visits to the Groupama Stadium and last season he bagged a brace as he scored in the 41st and 91st minute. This tie could be a great opportunity for the 21-year-old to show Ernesto Valverde that his performance in the Clasico was not a one-off; a good display against Lyon could force Valverde to give him more minutes towards the end of the season, something he has lacked this season.
Since being taken off in the 57th minute of the Copa del Rey Clasico, Malcom has not played for Barcelona as he did not feature against Athletic Club or Real Valladolid. Nevertheless, his ambition is there and Malcom is determined to force himself into Valverde’s thinking as he looks to carve out a long-term future at Barcelona