Wayne Rooney's Cheshire mansion was targeted by a gang of balaclava-wearing raiders - while he was playing in his own testimonial at Old Trafford.
The would-be burglars were thwarted when they set off sirens and lights in the £6m home - and police arrived on the scene within minutes.
The Manchester United player lives in the house with his wife Coleen and their three boys Kai, Klay and Kit.
Neighbours described the moment officers swooped on the hapless crooks as “like something out of an action film”.
The striker was playing at Old Trafford in a tribute game in his honour when the attempted burglary took place.
The bungling criminals set off sirens and lights in the palatial home - bringing police racing to the scene.
A helicopter and three police cars were in the scene in minutes - while police dogs were unleashed in the gardens.
One resident in the village of Prestbury, Cheshire, is reported to have said: “Wayne has amazing security to make sure his wife Coleen and the kids are OK while he is away.
“It’s like a fortress. It was like something out of a movie with alarms shrieking and search lights flashing on.
“The police seemed to appear from nowhere. They were swarming all over the place.”
The criminals struck between 8.30pm and 8.45pm on Wednesday as the England player was on the pitch in the testimonial against Everton - his first club.