Argentine and Paris Saint Germain star Lionel Messi has been robbed off “thousands of pounds” and expensive jewellery. The heist took place at the luxury hotel in Paris where the football icon was staying with his family.
Messi has reportedly been staying at a suite which costs £17,000 per night. Masked robbers entered the room via an unlocked balcony door and stole cash and jewellery worth thousands of pounds. The burglars have struck at several more rooms.
According to The Sun, four rooms were hit at the Le Royal Monceau in Paris, weeks after the new PSG star waved at fans from his balcony.
Two masked men were seen on CCTV clambering down to a sixth-floor balcony on Wednesday night last week. One female victim, a financial adviser in Dubai, had left her £1,000-a-night room for the evening. The next day she discovered a £3,000 gold necklace was missing, plus £500 earrings and £2,000 in cash.
She said: “To pay a fortune for somewhere fancy and secure and have someone walk in your room is very disturbing. The police told us they saw two men with a bag on the roof on CCTV cameras but they could not identify them.
“They said three other robberies were also reported. A Moroccan guy in the next room told me he had his watch stolen.”
However she claimed the hotel, whose past guests include Madonna and Michael Jackson, did not believe her until the police got involved
Security was ramped up in August after Messi, 34, moved in with wife Antonela Roccuzzo and their three children. PSG fans have gathered outside each day hoping to see their £30million-a-year hero, who joined from Barcelona in August.
On Wednesday, crash barriers were put up when he returned from scoring in the club’s Champions League win over Man City. He has reportedly signed a lease for a family home and is set to move out. A police source told The Sun: “There has clearly been a very serious security breach and it’s being investigated. There is evidence to suggest an experienced gang was responsible.”
Messi had joined the French Ligue 1 club PSG earlier this year after his contract was not renewed by Spanish football giants Barcelona.