sport news How Stiven Mendoza is lighting up Ligue 1 after a summer of turmoil

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Stiven Mendoza was stuck in traffic along a typically busy street in Medellin, the second-largest city in his home country and one renowned for its bustling nature. 

As the Colombian sat there waiting, a scooter straddled by two figures, identities disguised by helmets, pulled up alongside. 

One of the riders opened the car door and raised his weapon at the 27-year-old Mendoza before seizing his jewellery. The assailants then sped away.

Mendoza wasn't to know that being robbed at gunpoint wouldn't be the darkest moment of a deeply traumatic summer for Amiens star. 

Stiven paid tribute to his brother Yeison after scoring upon his return to the Amiens team in September. Yeison was murdered in Colombia during the summer,

Stiven paid tribute to his brother Yeison after scoring upon his return to the Amiens team in September. Yeison was murdered in Colombia during the summer,

He had been allowed to return to Colombia to ponder on his future and potentially secure a move away from the French top flight after failing to impress since leaving Corinthians in January 2018. Following a barren spell of just four goals in 41 appearances for Amiens, he was granted leave to reflect on a pivotal decision that held the potential to make or break his career.

But upon heading back to South America, Mendoza had been thrust head on into turmoil. The thieves reportedly escaped with two gold chains and a bracelet, rapidly transforming what was meant to be a simple trip back home into a nightmare.

The following month, things became even darker. After Mendoza had returned to training in France and watched on from the sidelines as Amiens fell to three defeats in their opening four matches, disaster struck again in horrifying . Mendoza’s brother, Yeison, was gunned down inside his vehicle in Cali, Colombia, just moments after leaving his mother’s house.

Mendoza's car had been stuck in traffic in Medellin when the armed robbery took place

Mendoza's car had been stuck in traffic in Medellin when the armed robbery took place

Two helmet-clad figures pulled up next to the vehicle and one approached with a weapon

Two helmet-clad figures pulled up next to the vehicle and one approached with a weapon

Mendoza reportedly handed over two gold chains and a bracelet before the assailants left

Mendoza reportedly handed over two gold chains and a bracelet before the assailants left

STIVEN MENDOZA'S 2019-20 STATS

Appearances: 6

Mins: 529

Goals: 4 

(Figures taken from Ligue 1 only

The 25-year-old, also a footballer, had been searching for a new club following a brief stay with Valledupar. But on the night of September 5, Yeison’s killer was caught in footage from a security camera dismounting a motorcycle before firing 11 cold-blooded shots, three of which hit Yeison.

Tragedy had once again struck the Mendoza family to its very core. Stiven's future was once more thrown into doubt.

He decided to stay with Amiens despite offers having reportedly been accepted from Russian outfit Krasnodar and unnamed clubs in Spain and the Gulf.

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