Angel Di Maria has revealed that he is waiting to play alongside Lionel Messi again.
Angel Di Maria has jokingly referred Lionel Messi as ‘dwarf’ and has admitted that he would like to play alongside Lionel Messi. He adds on that he be open to a move to Barcelona because of his compatriot, who have gone head-to-head in the El Clasico before.
The Argentinian spent four years at Real Madrid before becoming the then expensive player in the Premier League by signing with Manchester United. He made 190 appearances and scored 36 goals in that period. Di Maria was lighting up Santiago Bernabeu and won the La Liga and Champions League once before being framed out by Carlo Ancelotti in 2014.
The 31-year-old revealed how close he came to signing for Barcelona before, and would be open to joining them again in the future. It is solely down to a single factor – Lionel Messi.
“I had the chance to go to Barcelona and it didn’t happen,” he told Ole .
“The truth is that if I went, it was to be with him [Messi], to watch him every day, because when he gets the ball I’m a spectator.”
Di Maria is still getting the chance to work with a five-time Ballon d’Or winner with Argentina, having made their 2019 Copa America squad, and is looking to make the most of every outing he gets.
“Yes, I love to play with the Enano [dwarf], I love to see him in training too, the things he does,” added the PSG winger.
“It’s something unique, impossible to explain.
“The other day in the session, [Marcos] Acuna hit a cross that was impossible for anyone and he scored it with a scissor kick. There you say ‘that’s it, leave it, what can you do, it’s a goal, haha’. None of us could do it. For that, I’m here enjoying it.”
Messi is back with the Albiceleste despite having faced criticism of his contribution at international level and taken a break on the back of the 2018 World Cup.
“I see him happy, very happy, he gets along very well with the boys,” said Di Maria.
“The issue is that we are the Argentine national team and we have Messi. It’s hard not to be favourite.”
“But we already know that just because you are Argentina does not mean that you win.
“Today everything is very even. If you do not give everything on the pitch, it’s difficult. In order to achieve this title, we will have to leave one hundred per cent or more out there.”
Here’s how Twitter has reacted..
Would former Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria ever join Barcelona? 😱
Only for Messi 🤩https://t.co/45ao0hhq9n
— Goal News (@GoalNews) June 11, 2019
Di Maria: If I was going to Barca it was to be with Messi https://t.co/uc7w8wPoHB
— SPORT English (@Sport_EN) June 11, 2019
Ángel Di María (PSG): “I had the chance to go to Barcelona and it did not happen. The truth is that if I went, it was to be with Messi, to watch him every day, when he gets the ball I am a spectator.” [ole via sport] pic.twitter.com/kBbQDaDI43
— barcacentre (@barcacentre) June 11, 2019
Barcelona are currently stacked through the right wing and the probability of this transfer is nil.