Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba shirts stolen from Paraguay World Cup star’s collection


Former Paraguay international Edgar Benitez has had his priceless collection of football shirts stolen – including ones worn by Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba.

Benitez, 32, discovered that over a thousand jerseys collected during a career in which he played 58 times for his country, went missing after the family home he was having renovated was broken into.

Police have recovered 65 of the stolen items after arresting two men in connection with the theft.

But Benitez has been left heartbroken after being told that the most prized shirts in his collection are believed to have already been sold on.

Lionel Messi’s Argentine shirt was part of the collection

That includes jerseys worn by Argentina ace Messi, Manchester United’s French World Cup winner Pogba and Brazil legend Ronaldinho.

Benitez has discovered that some of his shirts were being offered for sale on social media networks for as little as £30.

The midfielder played for his country at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as well as two Copa America tournaments.

Ronaldinho during his Brazil heyday

Paraguay’s Edgar Benitez

Benitez said: “The shirts of my entire football life over 15 years have been stolen from my house.

“The police have recovered 65 shirts that were in the possession of someone who stole them and someone who was selling them.

“But there are still more than 900 still missing.”

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Benitez’s family were staying at another house during the building work.

And one of the men arrested in connection with the crime was part of the construction team.


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