Football: Paris St Germain star Angel Di Maria races from stadium as burglars break into home

Paris Saint-Germain star Angel Di Maria was forced to race from the field of play in his side's 2-1 defeat to FC Nantes, with his home broken into during the match played on Monday (NZ time).

Di Maria, 33, was substituted in the second half of his side's loss, following news of the violent break-in at his Paris home, while his family were inside.

The news was broken through PSG's sporting director Leonardo, who passed the message onto manager Mauricio Pochettino. Pochettino and Di Maria then both descended down the tunnel, with only the manager returning.

The burglars are believed to have broken into a safe on the second level of Di Maria's house, stealing the contents inside while wife Jorgelina and the couple's two daughters were downstairs. 

Post-match, Pochettino mentioned the incident, but refused to blame it for his side's loss. 

"There are situations outside of football that also explain the second half," he says.

"It is not an excuse but it brought about a reduction in energy. At full-time, we spoke about things other than football."

This isn't the first time Di Maria has experienced a break-in, with his home in Manchester robbed in January 2015. That incident saw Di Maria hand in a transfer request to leave Manchester United.

Di Maria's PSG teammate Marquinhos' home was also burgled during the side's defeat.