Both players’ families were reportedly held hostage by robbers in what were described as ‘very violent’ robberies, prompting a police investigation.
Shockingly, news of the robbery at Di Maria’s house actually broke during the game, a 2-1 defeat to Nantes for PSG, and former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was forced to take swift action.
Di Maria was substituted in the second-half and then ‘left Parc des Princes in tears’ after being told his family home had been burgled during the match, while his family were still inside.
The moment Di Maria was subbed off and told by Mauricio Pochettino about a very violent robbery at his house 🙏pic.twitter.com/pvxoNjonf6
— ✶*🅶🅰🆉🆉🅰*✶ (@GucciGazza) March 14, 2021
Marca reported that the family were unharmed during the robbery.
Di Maria’s team-mates were informed about the robbery after their 2-1 defeat to Nantes and were left ‘shocked’ by the news, according to other French media reports.
The Argentine went through a similar experience when playing for Manchester United in January 2015, when he and his family were the victims of an attempted raid by burglars.
Shortly after that attack, Di Maria sold his £4million mansion and moved into permanent residence in a hotel, with his wife too afraid to return to their home in Prestbury, Cheshire.
The Argentina international left United in the following summer, signing for PSG in a deal worth £44million.
Marquinhos got robbed as well ffs. So scary man I hope them and their families are well https://t.co/hM65oVpnSe
— Ali (@xAliCfcx) March 14, 2021
The other home targeted by robbers belonged to the father of defender Marquinhos, who confirmed the news on this Instagram page after he played the full 90 minutes as PSG lost 2-1.
RMC also reported that PSG player Marquinhos’ house in Paris was also robbed while he was away, but he played the full match.
Marca have reported that the families were unharmed but that the contents of the upstairs safe were stolen and a specialised robbery unit was dispatched to the address.
PSG have said they will fully co-operate and support the Paris police in their investigations over the incident.