Angel Di Maria’s family caught up in ‘violent’ burglary at their Paris home after ex-Man United ace – who was also targeted by thugs in England in 2015 – was taken off in PSG’s loss to Nantes after Mauricio Pochettino was told about the incident
- Pochettino told Di Maria about the burglary after subbing him on Sunday night
- It’s been reported that there was a ‘violent robbery’ at Di Maria’s family home
- Di Maria’s home was targeted by thugs when he played for Manchester United
- It’d be the latest in a string of robberies at homes of PSG players in recent years
Angel Di Maria was taken off during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 defeat to Nantes after there was a ‘violent burglary’ at his family home in the French capital.
PSG sporting director Leonardo was seen on his phone during the second-half, and after a brief discussion with manager Mauricio Pochettino, Di Maria was replaced by Leandro Paredes after 62 minutes.
The former Tottenham manager then had a word in the ear of his star player before walking with him towards the dressing room and later coming back out by himself.
Angel Di Maria was taken off in PSG’s game after it was revealed his home had been burgled
It’s been reported that there was a ‘violent burglary’ at his Paris family home on Sunday night
French publication RMC reported that Di Maria was taken off due to a ‘serious personal problem’ after an his family home in Paris was burgled.
They added that there had also been a robbery at the home of the parents of Di Maria’s team-mate Marquinhos.
The Brazilian defender also played in the match on Sunday night, but he was not substituted and played the full duration.
Di Maria’s family were inside the home at the time of the incident, but it’s been reported by La Parisien that they did not hear the intruders break in.
The contents of the upstairs safe were stolen and a specialised robbery unit was dispatched to the address in Neuilly-sur Seine.
Di Maria is said to have quickly left the Parc Des Princes after hearing about the burglary at his home.
His team-mates were informed after the match and were left ‘shocked’ by news of the incident.
It’s not the first Di Maria and his family have been targeted by thieves, after his home was broken into by burglars in England while he was playing for Manchester United.
Di Maria is said to have immediately left the Parc Des Princes after hearing about the news
The burglars used scaffolding poles in a bid to smash their way in to the home of Di Maria.
A gang of three armed thugs were reported to have used the metal poles in an attempt to break through patio doors at the Argentine’s mansion in Cheshire.
It was said at the time he was eating dinner with his wife Jorgelina Cardoso and his first-born daughter when the terrifying raid unfolded.
Di Maria is the latest PSG star to fall victim to burglary with news of a Mauro Icardi’s home being hit by thieves back in January.
French newspaper L’Equipe reported that the striker had £350,000 worth of items stolen while away with his team for their clash with FC Lorient.
Mauro Icardi is among a number of current and former PSG stars to have been hit by thieves
Items which were stolen included jewellery, watches and designer clothing.
Goalkeeper Sergio Rico’s Paris home was also burgled this year while the Spaniard was in goal for the visit of Montpellier. On that occasion, Rico had roughly £22,000 worth of items stolen.
Thieves targeting footballers’ homes in Paris and across Europe has become a real concern with several incidents over the past few years.
Former PSG star Dani Alves’ property was raided back in February 2019, while Bayern Munich attacker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had around £530,000 worth of items, including luxury handbags, a dozen Rolex and Hublot watches as well as numerous jewels, stolen in November 2018.
The Paris home of Chelsea defender and ex-PSG captain Thiago Silva was also targeted by two intruders in December 2018, with a Richard Mille watch worth over £500,000 and some jewellery stolen. It was reported that the loot taken was valued at over £1m.