Angel di Maria Biography
Angel di Maria is an Argentinian footballer, born on 14th February 1988 in Rosario, Argentina. Di Maria is primarily a right winger but is also equally adept in the role of a left winger and an attacking midfielder. The left footed player currently plies his trade for French club, Paris Saint Germain.
It is said that di Maria started practicing football at the recommendation of his physician to give out his tremendous energy.
He joined the local club’s youth academy at the age of seven and then joined the youth academy of Rosario Central when he was 13 years old. At the age of 17, he made it into the first team squad and made his professional debut.
After playing and impressing everyone in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, he moved to Europe and signed for Benfica in the summer.
Before making his senior debut for Argentina, di Maria was selected in the squad to play in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Di Maria scored the winning goal in the 57th minute to hand Argentina their second successive gold medal.
Di Maria made his debut for the senior Argentinian squad on 6th September 2008 against Paraguay and lasted for 46 minutes in a 1-1 draw.
Rise to Glory
Di Maria hit the Portuguese newspaper headlines when he scored a hattrick in a 4-0 win over Leixoes.
Soon enough, he would join Real Madrid and would become one of the main players as the club rebuilt itself through new signings. Di Maria would enjoy an extremely pleasant spell at Real Madrid as he started regularly under Jose Mourinho. In his four seasons in Madrid, di Maria would score 36 goals. He played a key role in the 2011-12 season as Real won their 32nd Spanish league title.
Di Maria rose to the occasion during the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final. After the match finished 1-1 in normal time, di Maria dribbled past three players before unleashing a shot which was saved by Thibaut Courtois but Gareth Bale scored of the rebound. He eventually won the man of the match award.
Di Maria was a part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad of Argentina and helped his country to the final where they were beaten by Germany. Di Maria scored the only goal of the game during the round of 16 tie against Switzerland. He would set up the only goal of the quarter final against Belgium scored by Gonzalo Higuain before limping off the field. He missed the remainder of the tournament.
After having a disappointing spell with Manchester United in 2014-15, he signed for Paris Saint Germain and had a fantastic debut season as he set a new record in Ligue 1 for assisting the most number of goals in a season.
He followed it up with 14 goals in the 2015-16 season. Although he has found it tough to find a place in the starting eleven in the current 2016-17 season, he has eight goals and six assists to his name in 25 appearances, most of which are from the bench.
The lowest point of di Maria’s career was his single season at Manchester United. After impressing early, di Maria found it difficult to get going and eventually could not settle down at Manchester after his apartment was attacked by a burglary.
Di Maria captained Argentina for a single warm up match against Bolivia before the Copa America Centenario due to the absence of Lionel Messi. He scored twice as Argentina won 5-0.
The transfer fee of €67.5 million paid by Manchester United to procure the services of di Maria was a British record at that point of time.