|Name||Angel Di Maria|
|Desc||A key player in the glorious Real Madrid side that won La Liga in 2011/12 and the Champions League two seasons later. Widely considered a flop when he left Manchester United after only one miserable season, but the Argentine completely reinvented himself at Paris Saint-Germain, the starring attraction in one of the most expensive squads ever assembled, containing the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani|
|Org||Argentina National Team|
|Club as Player||Paris Saint-Germain|
2014 12 10 Retrieve
[Angel di Maria on Wayne Rooney] Rooney is at the top level. Playing with him is a pleasure and a point of pride. When I was 15, more or less, I used to watch him playing with United. I admired him and wanted to be like that. The other day I was talking to my friend and I said, ‘Rooney and me understand each other, just like Messi and me in the Argentina squad, or Cristiano at Real Madrid. I get on really well with Rooney, we get together on the pitch to kick the ball about, to do things. He’s a spectacular player and he’s one of the top players in the game
2015 02 14 Retrieve
[Angel Di Maria on the difference between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo compared to the rest of the world] If I were FIFA, I’d have two Ballon d’Or prizes, one for that pair to fight over, and another for everyone else
2015 08 08 Retrieve
[Angel Di Maria in a letter to the Manchester United supporters] I’m aware things didn’t work as we all expected and believe me, I feel really sorry about it. I can guarantee you it was not for trying. I did my best, but football is not like maths: often a lot of things out of our control affect the way we feel and the way things turn out. I am sorry it did not work out as I would have wished in this amazing huge club. I want to give special thanks to all the directors and management of Manchester United as well as to every member of the staff and colleagues as they gave me all their support. Also a special mention to all the fans who always trusted me and showed me their respect and love. Now is time to move to PSG but the Glorious Manchester United Club will be forever in my memory!
2016 06 11 Retrieve
[An understandably emotional Angel Di Maria dedicated the goal he scored for Argentina against Chile in the Copa America Centenario group stage to his late grandmother] It’s difficult to be away when something like this happens. My mom asked me to stay here with my team-mates and to win the game. I am so happy because I was able to score, it was for my grandmother and my family that are having a difficult time. I knew that I could score. In the morning when I knew what happened I knew that I would score today, and that happened and it was for her.
2019 09 21 Retrieve
[Missing Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria told how PSG were still able to score a convincing UEFA Champions League win over Real Madrid] I think we made them weak. Running so much, pressing so hard and doing our passing – we know they struggle a lot trying to recover the ball. I think that was the most important thing we did. We trained for these past two days and it came out perfectly. This is the most important thing and we are very happy about that
2019 12 20 Retrieve
[Quote on Zlatan] I have played with Leo [Lionel Messi], Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Wayne] Rooney, and now I have the chance to play with Ibra. I’d never realised how good he is, all the moves he has, despite him being so tall. I think he has a lot of quality
2020 02 01 Retrieve
[Angel Di Maria tells about playing with Lionel Messi and other greats] It was a dream to have the possibility to play with Rooney, Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo, and Messi. They were players that I used on the PlayStation and I would never have imagined I’d get to play with them. But Leo is the best of the four!
2020 03 30 Retrieve
[Real Madrid sent Angel di Maria letter telling him not to play the 2014 World Cup final] I received a blow during the game against Belgium. My foot was not right, but I wanted to play [in the final]. I didn’t care if I did not play football again. In fact, it was one of the things that they told me could happen, but for me, it was the final of the World Cup. It was my final
I already knew that they wanted to sell me because it had been said that James Rodriguez was heading to Madrid, and he was going to take my position
When I got the letter from Real Madrid I could envisage everything. Without opening it, I ripped it up. I didn’t want to read it, or even look at it. The person who had to make the decision whether or not to play was me
2020 04 20 Retrieve
[Angel Di Maria told his friends about how he despised playing for Man Utd] I didn’t have a great relationship with the coach, so I think the decision to join Paris was the best solution. Life in England was a bit difficult. It is not easy for a South American. Some people get on fine, and for others it is harder to adapt. My family wasn’t happy. My daughter was suffering. So it was important to leave
2020 05 07 Retrieve
[Jorgelina Cardoso, has claimed that she never wanted her husband to make a move to Old Trafford] I remember Angel coming up and saying, ‘An offer from Manchester United has come in. Maybe we’ll be a little more financially secure…’. We fought about it. I told him, not a chance, he could go on his own. ‘No, come on. Let’s go’, he replied. There was a lot of money involved, and afterwards, the Spanish were calling us peseteros (people only interested in money). And they were right! If you are working for a company and the competition comes along and offers to pay you double, you take it! I didn’t want to go to Manchester because at that moment in time, I was friends with Gianinna Maradona, who was married to [Sergio] Aguero, and we flew from Madrid to his house in Manchester to pay him a visit for two or three days when Angel had a few days off at Real Madrid. It was horrible! All of it was horrible, we went to the house and we were like… ‘See you later guys, we’re out of here’. When we left, I said to him, ‘Go to any country - except England’. Anyway, one year later and there we were in England and it was horrible, a sh*thole.
I didn’t like anything about it, not a thing. The women are all skinny, prim and proper […] weird. You’re walking down the street and you don’t know if they’re going to kill you or what. The food’s disgusting. All the girls are all dolled up to the nines, perfectly made-up and there’s me with my hair in a bun and with no make-up on
2020 06 05 Retrieve
[Angel Di Maria says he is happy he did not join Barcelona when they tried to buy him from Paris Saint-Germain three years ago] I was very happy in Paris, but people at the club at the time told me some things, which turned out to be lies in the end. Barca tried to get me to come. The two clubs discussed it, but PSG did not want to sell me and it ended there. These lies annoyed me a lot but, in the end, not leaving was a good thing because I am very happy in Paris today
[The 32-year-old’s contract expires in 2021, but he hinted that he will extend his deal as he wants to see out the remainder of his career with PSG] I want to end my career in Europe with PSG is the only thing I want and have in mind. I’m happy here, my family is too. As for the rest, I don’t know for the moment. No discussions have been initiated and this is not my intention at this time. I want to focus on the field, the rest will come later
[His Champions League triumph came during his time at Real Madrid, but he hopes to claim the European crown with his current side before he departs] It would be amazing to win it again. Not only to win the trophy, but because of the affection I have for the club and for its supporters. I have the feeling that over the past two seasons, I have won the respect of the supporters. Mentally, it changed a lot when I felt that they encouraged me more, that they sang for me. It gave me a lot of strength, I try to thank them for what I do on the field. If I could bring them the Champions LEague before leaving, it would be perfect to end our story
2020 06 06 Retrieve
[Ligue 1 cancelled too soon for Di Maria as PSG star eyed all-time assist record] Like many, I think we rushed to make such a decision. From what we can see, France is today one of the countries where the health situation is the most favourable, and yet everything has been totally stopped for good. These are matters of politics and for doctors. We would have liked to finish the championship but decisions have been made and we must accept them. If they made this choice, it is because they first thought of the health and well-being of people, so that is fine with me
[On a personal note, the Argentine has been left to lament the timing of the stoppage] The past year has been incredible for me. When I think about, I say to my wife: ‘What bad luck that everything stopped’. I experienced a season without the slightest cloud, without injury, I played many good matches. Ending the season as the leading assist maker in Ligue 1 is a source of pride. I’ve always said it, I prefer to make a decisive pass than to score a goal. To tell you the truth, I even set myself the goal of beating the record for assists in a Ligue 1 season because I read that I was only four away [with 11 matches to play].
2020 06 07 Retrieve
[An easing of lockdown measures allowed the German Bundesliga resumed on May 18, with the Premier League and La Liga set to follow suit in England and Spain later this month. Di Maria doesn’t understand why France didn’t take the same approach] Like many, I think we rushed to make such a decision. From what we can see, France is today one of the countries where the health situation is the most favourable, and yet everything has been totally stopped for good