Tottenham Hotspur player Emerson Royal was involved in a gun fight at 3am at a nightclub in Brazil.
The Brazil international recently took to Instagram to thank the officer and confirm he had escaped unhurt, while officials have said the expensive watch he was wearing in the picture taken with the police officer could be the reason why he was targeted.
Dailymail reported that Twenty nine shots were reportedly fired at the assailant, one of which hit him in the back and UOL claim the thief underwent surgery on Friday morning to remove the bullet.
In an interview with Sportv, Emerson has revealed how close he came to suffering serious and potentially life-threatening issues in the incident.
‘At that moment, God controlled me in a way… because it felt like nothing was happening. I approached the bandit, saying ”calm down, calm down, everyone is calm, I’ll give you what you want”,’ Royal is quoted as saying by Sport Witness.
‘When I give him what he wants, I approach him, because I’d already seen his evil look. I saw that he wasn’t just for the watch.
‘When I hand it to him, he walks away and unlocks his gun to shoot me. When he’s about to shoot me, I pushed him, slap the gun and he shoots in the air. He fired.
‘It was at that moment, when I pushed him, that he loses his balance and the cop shoots him. Then when he hits the shot, the rush starts.
‘Then I understood that it was a moment that could cost me my life, but it served as a lesson for me to be careful in several situations. And I’m calm now.’
Royal had been out partying at New Trips nightclub, which is located on Paulista Avenue – one of the longest roads which runs through the middle of Sao Paulo.