Paris Saint-Germain forward Angel Di Maria was the victim of a robbery incident during Sunday’s loss to Nantes, while the thieves also targeted the family home of captain, Marquinhos. This is the latest in a series of thefts at the club.
Thieves stole jewelries and watches from the house of Di Maria in the western Paris suburbs, but “there was no violence” involved, sources told the Guardian on Monday.
According to the special anti-robbery squad of the Police, the player’s family was home at the time of the incident but “didn’t come across the thieves”.
A police source added that the family members who were home “didn’t hear anything” during the ransacking of a safe located upstairs in the home in Neuilly.
The value of the stolen items were yet to be assessed but is said to be less than 500,000 euros ($600,000).
Last week, the Argentine forward signed a one-year contract extension to his PSG contract until 2022.
During PSG’s 2-1 loss to Nantes, he was replaced following a discussion between sporting director, Leonardo and Coach Mauricio Pochettino.
In a related development, the family home of Brazil international, Marquinhos was also robbed in the Paris region.
The player’s father and two sisters were at home during the robbery incident.
A police source said the attackers hit his father on the ribs, but no injury was sustained. Several bags containing valuables were also stolen, but the contents in the bag were yet to be ascertained.
PSG forward, Mauro Icardi was also victim of a break-in at his house last month. Also, the likes of Thiago Silva, Dani Alves and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting have also been robbed in recent years while playing for the club.
The off-the-field problems seem to be affecting PSG players as Nantes beat the French champions to condemn them to their seventh Ligue 1 defeat of the season.
Reacting to the development after the match, Pochettino said:
“It’s not an excuse but there has been an unusual drop in energy. We spoke with the players but not about what happened in terms of the football”.
“There are situations outside the game which must be considered”.
Di Maria has admitted in the past that an attempted robbery on his family’s home when he was playing for Manchester United, in 2014-15, had left him keen to leave the Premier League club.