Man City star Riyad Mahrez lost nearly £500,000 to burglars at his penthouse

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez had three luxury watches stolen in a £500,000 raid.

Thieves took cash, rare football shirts and bracelets from his penthouse.

Burglars carefully tracked Riyad Mahrez before sneaking into his penthouse and stealing three watches to order.

The £500,000 haul included a prized Richard Mille timepiece similar to one that knife thugs snatched from England’s Dele Alli two weeks ago.

Raiders cased Mahrez’s ­luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain access.

As well as the £230,000 Mille, the Man City star lost a £40,000 Rolex Daytona and a £35,000 Rolex Day Date.

The gang took more than £50,000 in cash, Cartier bracelets and rare football shirts worth up to £150,000.

A source said: “Riyad is among an elite group who own a Mille…They are the ultimate dressing room status symbol…He fears he was being watched beforehand…There’s no doubt it was stolen to order.”

Milles cost up to £1.6 million and are a favourite with the rich and top sports stars.

They are famed for their precious stones and made from the same material as space shuttles and F1 cars.

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Different designs are owned by Ed Sheeran, Kanye West and footballer Neymar.

£200,000-a-week midfielder Mahrez, 29, was out when the gang sneaked into his Manchester city centre apartment. He moved there after splitting from wife Rita.

A letter sent to residents said: “Four apartments were accessed without authority using a fob which had general access throughout the building.

“The fob in question is now in our possession, has been fully deactivated and cannot be used again.”

Mahrez has posted social media pictures of himself wearing the watches.

Earlier this month Spurs ace Dele, 24, was robbed of three watches after two raiders burst into his £2million North London home as he played pool with girlfriend Ruby Mae. Teammate Jan Vertonghen’s home was robbed in March while he was playing for Spurs in Germany.

In January Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho lost more than £500,000 of items in a burglary.