Masked robbers have stolen thousands of pounds worth of jewelry and cash in
a raid on the Paris hotel where Lionel Messi is living.
The raiders broke into Le Royal Monceau by scaling down from the roof on the
outside of the building.
They entered through an unlocked balcony door on the floor above the Paris Saint-
Germain superstar’s £17,000-a-night hotel suite.
Four rooms were raided in the robbery just weeks after the footballer waved to
adoring fans from the balcony of his luxury new home, according to The Sun.
CCTV footage shows two masked men clambering down to the sixth-floor balcony on
Wednesday evening last week.
That night, PSG had an away game at Metz in northeast France but Messi stayed at
home after sustaining an injury in the previous game.
One victim, a financial advisor in Dubai, said she left her £1,000-a-night room for the
evening and discovered her £3,000 gold necklace, £500 earrings and £2,000 in cash
were missing the following morning.
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.’
She claimed the hotel did not believe her allegations until the police were involved.
The hotel, whose former guests include Madonna and Michael Jackson, ramped up its
security after Messi arrived in August.
The 34-year-old icon moved from Barcelona with his wife Antonela Roccuzzo and
their three children.
Since then, PSG fans have gathered outside the hotel every day hoping to catch
a glimpse of their star signing.
After he scored a sensational winner against Manchester City on Wednesday, crash
barriers were erected to prevent the delirious fans from reaching the hotel.
Messi has reportedly signed a lease for a new family home and plans to move out.
The hotel says the theft is ‘under investigation.