ROBERT KOVAC is enjoying hero status in Germany after catching a thief who had stolen €40 from a pensioner in Frankfurt.
The Croatian former Bayern Munich defender witnessed the theft and chased the robber down before wrestling him to the ground.
Kovac then kept hold of the villain until police arrived and handed him over to the authorities, according to Bild.
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He had been out in Westend when he saw the young assailant knock the 72-year-old to the ground as he took cash from an ATM.
Kovac then gave chase to the man, believed to be in his 20s, and fought him to the floor as he kept him pinned down until cops arrived.
Despite his new-found popularity, the modest Kovac said: “Civil courage is always important but I don’t know if I would always act like that.
“It depends on situation, but I’m glad it worked out.”
And the Frankfurt Police told Hit Radio FFH: “You can see that he’s trained.”
Kovac is now the assistant manager at Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, working underneath his brother Niko.
The pair are in the process of preparing their side to take on Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final later this month.