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Lionel Messi wouldn't have any problem working with Jose Mourinho: Angel Di Maria

Aditya Sanehi
4.16K   //    09 Feb 2015, 22:29 IST
Angel Di Maria feels that Messi and Jose Mourinho could have
good player-manager relationship

Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria believes that Lionel Messi would be happy to work with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The former Ballon d’Or has been recently linked with a move away from his childhood club Barcelona in recent months and the Blues are among the clubs reportedly keeping a look on the prolific forward's situation at Barcelona.

Having worked with both Messi and Mourinho, Di Maria has very little doubt that the two could work together if his compatriot were ever to make the move to Stamford Bridge, even though he somehow expects him to stay at his current club. Di Maria told Fifa's official website

"I don’t think Messi would have any problem working with Mourinho, but in principle, I don't think Leo would want to leave Camp Nou. It's hard to just walk away from a club that's given you everything, where you did effectively grew up."

If I were FIFA, I would have two Ballon d’Or prizes: Di Maria

The former Los Blancos midfielder went on to discuss comparisons between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, continuously stressing on the fact that the two are very different types of players in the current football era. He remarked, "I always say the same thing: that they're two completely different players".

"Leo features in every game, making short bursts and nonchalantly dribbling past one, two or three players with great ball control in tight spaces. Cristiano is more about power and long range shots. They're different. If I were FIFA, I would have two Ballon d'Or prizes, one for that pair (Messi and Ronaldo) to fight over and another for everyone else."

Messi and Ronaldo have won the past seven editions of the Ballon d'Or among them, with Kaka as the last winner of the prestigious individual trophy in 2007 before the start of the duo's hegemony, also Ricardo Kaka is regarded as the only player to win the Ballon d’Or with Messi and Ronaldo in competition. Ronaldo recently won the 2014 Ballon d’Or award, taking his tally to 3 while Messi has won the award consecutively for 4 years in a row (2009,2010,2011,2012).

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