10/20/2012 12:09 EDT | Updated 12/20/2012 05:12 EST

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci punches man who threatens him with a gun seeking watch

TURIN, Italy - Thieves will want to think twice before attempting to rob Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci again.

Bonucci punched a man who threatened him with a gun and demanded his watch, prompting the would-be thief to flee.

Italian media say the incident occurred earlier this week as Bonucci was leaving a Ferrari dealer with his wife and newborn son.

After Bonucci's punch, the would-be thief fled on a motorcycle with a waiting accomplice. Bonucci then reported the incident to police.

The 25-year-old Bonucci played a key role in helping Juventus win Serie A last season with an undefeated record. He also played in each match of Italy's run to the European Championship final earlier this year.

In August, Bonucci was cleared of match-fixing accusations.