Angel Di Maria is hauled off after ‘extremely violent robbery’ at his family home – with boss Mauricio Pochettino finding out about the raid during PSG’s clash with Nantes and then telling his upset star on the touchline
- Mauricio Pochettino told Angel Di Maria about a burglary at his home after substituting him during PSG’s game with Nantes on Sunday night
- It has been reported that there was a ‘violent robbery’ at Di Maria’s family home
- The extraordinary incident started when PSG chief Leonardo found out about the robbery while sat in the stands, before shouting down to Pochettino
- Di Maria’s home was also targeted by thugs when he was at Manchester United
- It is the latest in a string of robberies at homes of PSG players in recent years
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 before walking with him towards the dressing room and later coming back out by himself.
This is the extraordinary moment that Angel Di Maria (left) was taken off the pitch during PSG’s game with Nantes after his boss Mauricio Pochettino (right) learned that his player’s house had been burgled and then had to tell him the awful news on the touchline
Di Maria is pictured with his wife Jorgelina Cardoso and his two young daughters, who were said to have been caught up in the ‘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 his family home in Paris was burgled.
It is also reported that members of Di Maria’s family were present at his home during the robbery – and some reports say they were held hostage.
RMC report that the incident had turned ‘extremely violent’.
Marca later reported that the family were unharmed but were held hostage.
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.
RMC 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.
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.
A gang of three armed thugs were reported to have used metal scaffolding poles in an attempt to break through patio doors at the Argentine’s mansion in Cheshire.
PSG sporting director Leonardo learned of the news on his phone while sat in the stands
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.
He (top centre) then relayed it to Pochettino (bottom centre), who swiftly substituted Di Maria
Di Maria is said to have immediately left the Parc Des Princes after hearing about the news; earlier he had been celebrating a goal with team-mate Julian Draxler (right)
Di Maria in action earlier during the match against Nantes, before the shocking events
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.
It is also reported that PSG defender Marquinhos was another victim of a robbery on Sunday night, with the home of his parents targeted while he played in the match with Nantes
Mauro Icardi is among a number of current and former PSG stars to have been hit by thieves