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Super Eagles legend Nwankwo Kanu had £8,250 in cash stolen from his suitcase in Moscow airport after he arrived from London.
Russian police confirmed the crime was committed by two loaders at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.
The 41-year-old reported the money missing when he reached Kaliningrad, where he was to play in a World Cup curtain raiser game organised by FIFA.
Spokeswoman for the Russian Interior Ministry, Lt-Col Irina Volk, said the loaders were dealing with the baggage from a London to Moscow flight.
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The former Arsenal striker travelling with a British passport, had appealed for help to police in Kaliningrad.
Vokm said: “The stolen cash was removed [by the loaders] and will soon be returned to the owner.”
Mash online news outlet reported: “The World Cup has not even begun yet, but world soccer celebrities already require the help of Russian police.”
The loaders, aged 30 and 36, will face criminal investigation and could be sent to jail for up to six years.
Kanu played alongside ex-Manchester United and England star Wes Brown in a FIFA legends team against a Russian legends side.
The former West Brom did not mention the theft in speaking to the media in the Baltic city, where England will play on June, 28.