Thieves broke into the hotel through a balcony door on the upper floor where Messi is staying with his wife Antonela and their three children, just one month after moving to town
A band of masked raiders have allegedly committed a burglary in the hotel where Lionel Messi is staying with his family in Paris.
Thousands of pounds of cash and jewelry were reportedly stolen from four rooms at the Royal Monceau in Paris.
The thieves are believed to have entered the property illegally by climbing the sides of the building from the roof.
Footage captured two masked men on CCTV entering through an unlocked balcony door on the sixth floor – just one level above where Messi resides.
Messi didn’t move into the five-star hotel until August, with his suite costing £ 17,000 a night.
Security has even been stepped up since his arrival, but to no avail as some guests lost valuable possessions left in their rooms as the raiders took full advantage of their transport, which took place on Wednesday last week.
A guest had a £ 3,000 necklace stolen in the heist, along with a pair of earrings worth £ 500 and around £ 2,000 in cash.
The financial adviser called the experience “disturbing”, although she also claimed that the hotel did not start taking its accusations seriously until the police began to investigate the case.
“Paying a fortune for a fancy, secure place and bringing someone into your room is very disturbing,” she told The Sun. “Police told us they saw two men with a bag on the roof on CCTV cameras but couldn’t identify them.
“They said three other thefts were also reported. A Moroccan in the next room told me that his watch had been stolen.
The incident is likely to upset Messi, whose family were content with life at Barcelona before he was forced to seek a new club due to issues with his contract.
He currently resides at the hotel – located not far from the Arc de Triomphe – with his wife Antonela and their three children, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro.
A police source told The Sun, “There has clearly been a very serious security breach and an investigation is ongoing. There is evidence to suggest that an experienced gang was responsible. “
Messi and his family are expected to leave the hotel in the not-so-distant future after apparently finding a house to rent in the city.
The property should earn him € 20,000 per month and is based in the chic district of Neuilly-Sur-Seine.
His move will see him live near his Argentinian teammates Angel Di Maria and Leandro Parades (Marca reports).
Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Manchester City at Parc des Princes.