Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof made a timely intervention by chasing down and catching a man who stole an elderly woman's handbag in his home city of Vasteras on Tuesday (AEST).
A police statement said the suspect snatched the handbag as he cycled past the woman, who is in her 90's.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported Lindelof, 26, chased and caught the man before handing him over to authorities.
"A man who was in the vicinity is said to have run after the suspected perpetrator, caught up with him and held him until the police arrived at the scene," the police said without naming 33-cap Swedish international Lindelof.
"The police would like to take this opportunity to thank the witness for a quick and sensible intervention to restore the plaintiff's property."
Manchester United were not immediately available for comment but British media said the club had confirmed the Aftonbladet report.
Lindelof, who joined United from Portuguese side Benfica in 2017, started 35 Premier League games in the 2019-20 season as they finished third.