Angel Di Maria

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Full Name Angel Di Maria
Age 32 Years Old
Nick Name Fideo
Gender Male
Famous As Footballer
Birth Date February 14th, 1988
Birth Place Rosario, Argentina

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About Angel Di Maria

An Argentine professional footballer, Angel Di Maria plays for the French Ligue 1 club "Paris Saint-Germain" and the "Argentina national team". He is best known for being a very talented winger with extraordinary speed and quickness. He is also considered one of the best right-wingers of his generation. On 14th December 2005, he debuted for Rosario Central in a match against Independiente, and on 30th August 2014, he played his first official match for the "Red Devils" against Burnley. He began his youth soccer career with Rosario Central at age 13. In 2008, he won an Olympic gold medal during his first season with Argentina's national team. He was also named for the "Golden Ball" award. 

Famous For

  • Being an Argentine professional footballer.
  • For being a very talented winger with extraordinary speed and quickness.

Angel Di Maria celebrating after scoring a goal

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Early Life of Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria opened his eyes for the first time on 14th February 1988 in Rosario, Argentina. His full name or real name is "Angel Fabian Di Maria". His nationality is Argentine and ethnicity is multiracial. His race is white and star sign is Aquarius. He celebrates his birthday on 14th February of every year and he had celebrated his 32nd birthday as of 2020. He is the son of Miguel Di Maria (father) and Diana Hernandez (mother). He has sisters named Evelyn and Vanesa. As a footballer, he has not shared details about his educational qualification.

Career of Angel Di Maria

Rosario Central

  • Angel Di Maria jumps off his football career by joining "Rosario Central" at the age of four.
  • On 14th December 2005, he made his professional debut in Rosario's final fixture of the Apertura, a 2-2 draw away to Independiente, by replacing Emiliano Vecchio.
  • On 24th November 2006, he scored for the first time in the following season's Apertura in a 42 win at home over Quilmes, a minute after replacing Leonardo Borzani at half-time.
  • "Boca Juniors" made a bid of US$6.5 million for him after playing at the "2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup" in Canada.

Benfica

  • In July 2007, he was transferred to the Portuguese side "Benfica" where he played as a winger and paid him Central 6 million Euro for 80% of his sports rights and 50% of sports rights of Andres Diaz.
  • The Portuguese club paid an extra 2 million Euro for the remaining 20%, but re-sold 10% to GestiFute, later in August 2008.
  • He was signed as a replacement for Benfica's departing captain, Simao, who joined "Atletico Madrid" earlier that summer and in October 2009, Angel signed a new deal with Benfica in adding three more years to his current deal, which was to last until 30th June 2015 with his release fee set at a minimum of 40 million Euro.
  • He scored his first hat-trick in a classic 4-0 win against Leixoes on 27th February 2010.

Real Madrid

  • Real Madrid posted on their website that they had come to terms with Benfica for the transfer of Angel on 28th June 2010 and signed a five-year contract for 25 million Euro, plus 11 million Euro in incentives.
  • He arrived in Madrid directly from Buenos Aires on 7th July 2010 and passed the medical test on 8th July.
  • On 4th August 2010, he made his debut in a friendly match against the Mexican side of America, which Real Madrid won 3-2 and scored his first goal in another friendly way against Hercules, which Real Madrid won 1-3 on 22nd August.
  • He opened the score of the 2-0 win against Penarol for the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu in the last match of the pre-season, on 24th August, after an individual play described as a "magic moment".
  • On 29th August, his league debut came in a 0-0 draw against Mallorca and scored his first league goal for Real Madrid in their 1-2 away win over Real Sociedad on 18th September as well as scored his first goal in the "UEFA Champions League" against Auxerre in a 0-1 victory after ten days.
  • He scored the third and final goal in a 3-0 win to send Real Madrid through to the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years in the second leg of the "Champions League round of 16" against Lyon.
  • On 5th April 2011, he scored Real Madrid's third goal during their first-leg Champions League quarter-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur and was sent off in the 31st minute of extra time in the Copa del Rey final against rivals Barcelona on 20th April.
  • He played 60 minutes in a league match against city rivals Atletico Madrid, in which he scored a goal for Real Madrid. Mourinho's team won the match 4-1 on 27th November 2011.
  • Similarly, he scored Real's first goal from a sharp angle in a 3-0 defeat of "Sporting de Gijon" in La Liga on 3rd December 2011.
  • He scored his first goal of the season against Barcelona in the first leg of the 2012 Supercopa de Espana at Camp Nou.
  • He signed a new contract with Real Madrid, keeping him at the club until 2018 on 9th August 2012, and scored two goals against Copenhagen in Real Madrid's 4-0 Champions League victory over them on 2nd October 2013.
  • His playing position was permanently switched to that of an offensive-minded central midfielder because of tactical decisions by the club's new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
  • He contributed to the club's 1-2 victory over Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey Final with the opening goal.
  • On 24th May 2014, he dribbled past three players before producing a save from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the "2014 UEFA Champions League Final" against Atletico Madrid.
  • He was named man of the match by UEFA after the match against Atletico.
  • He was an unused substitute as Real Madrid won the "2014 UEFA Super Cup" against Sevilla on 12th August.
  • He played the final 15 minutes of a 1-1 home draw against Atletico Madrid in place of Luka Modric in the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana after a week.

Manchester United

  • He signed a five-year deal with Manchester United for a transfer fee of 59.7 million pounds on 26th August 2014, which was the highest fee ever paid by a British club at the time.
  • On 30th August he made his debut in a 0-0 draw with Burnley, in which he was substituted for Anderson after 70 minutes and scored his first goal for United on 14th September, netting directly from a free-kick in a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.
  • He again scored a goal and provided another assist, although United lost the match 5-3 on 21st September in the next match, against Leicester City.
  • He won Manchester United's Player of the Month award for September after recording two goals and two assists in his first four matches for the club on 2nd October.

Angel Di Maria signing with Manchester United in 2014

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  • Similarly, on 5th October, he continued his run of fine form by scoring a goal and providing an assist for Radamel Falcao to help United defeat Everton 2-1 and on 29th November he was substituted with a hamstring injury 13 minutes into United's 3-0 defeat of Hull City.
  • He returned from injury to score a late goal in a 0-2 win against Yeovil Town in the third round of the "FA Cup" on 4th January 2015.
  • He was sent off on 9th March as United lost 1-2 at home against Arsenal in the FA Cup sixth round, and he was judged by pundits and journalists to be the worst signing of the season at the season's end.

 Paris Saint-Germain

  • He was failed to board a flight to the United States to join Manchester United's pre-season tour as scheduled on 25th July 2015 and was reported that he would undergo a medical ahead of a move to Paris Saint-Germain on 2nd August.
  • And after four days, Manchester United confirmed that he had been sold to the French champions for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around 44 million pounds, signing a four-year contract.
  • On 30th August, he made his Ligue 1 debut away to Monaco as a 66th-minute substitute for Lucas and assisted Ezequiel Lavezzi for the final goal of a 0-3 win at the Stade Louis II.
  • He scored his first goal for PSG on his UEFA Champions League debut for the club, a 2-0 win over Malmo FF at the Parc des Princes on 15th September and scored the winning goal for PSG in the 2016 Coupe de la Ligue Final against Lille at the Stade de France on 23rd April 2016.
  • He ended 2015-2016 setting a new Ligue 1 record for assists in a season with 18.
  • He scored the opening goal in the 40th minute in a 3-0 victory for PSG to register his first goal of the season in the 2016-2017 Champions League group stage home match against Basel on 19th October 2016.
  • He opened the scoring with his first Ligue 1 goal of the season in a 2-0 home win against Nantes on 19th November.
  • He scored a brace as PSG defeated Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of Champions League round of 16 at the Parc des Princes on 14th February 2017 and scored in PSG's 4-1 win over Monaco in the 2017 Coupe de la Ligue final on 1st April.
  • Similarly, he had played as PSG won 2-0 against Les Herbiers VF to clinch the 2017-2018 Coupe de France on 8th May 2018.
  • He sustained a serious injury following a tackle from Ashley Young so he refused to be substituted, and in the final moments of the game, he assisted Kylian Mbappe's goal on the first leg of his side's "Champions league round of 16" tie against "Manchester United" on 2018-2019 season.
  • Furthermore, as a piece of recent news, he joined Manchester United back in 2014 as the marquee signing of Louis Van Gaal's first summer as United manager. With the Argentine joining for then-British transfer record of 59.7 million pounds, he was tasked to bring creativity from central positions or the wing in a United team devoid of it. However, his stay at United didn't go as planned, leaving the next summer to Paris Saint-Germain after scoring four goals and registering 12 assists. He played in Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Lisbon where Rooney says 'PSG's match-winner might just be Di María. He’s a wonderful player'. 

Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain in action during the UEFA Champions League final match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich

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International career of Angel Di Maria

  • He was picked to play for the Argentina under-20 squad in 2007 and capped for the "2007 South American U-20 Championship" in Paraguay.
  • Angel and some of his under-20s teammates were called up for the Argentina squad for the "2008 Beijing Olympics" on 28th January 2008 where he scored the extra-time game-winning goal on a pass from "Lionel Messi" in the 105th minute of his team's 2-1 quarter-final win over the Netherlands.
  • Likewise, he made his debut for the Argentina senior team in a match against Paraguay on 6th September 2008.
  • He was selected by Argentinian manager Diego Maradona as one of a 23-man squad for the "2010 FIFA World Cup" in South Africa on 19th May 2010 where he scored his first-ever international goal, scoring from outside the box as his shot went off the post and in.
  • He scored the first-ever international goal at Dublin's new Aviva Stadium in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland as Argentina won 0-1 on 11th August 2010.
  • He appeared three times during the "2011 Copa America", scoring once in a 3-0 defeat of Costa Rica in the group stage.
  • He made 12 appearances during the "2014 FIFA World Cup" qualification campaign.
  • He scored the only goal of the game after 118 minutes, from a Lionel Messi assist in Argentina's round of 16 matches against Switzerland.
  • He was named on the ten-man shortlist for "FIFA's Golden Ball" award for the tournament's best player on 11th July.
  • He had a part in all four of Argentina's goals in a 2-4 victory, assisting three and scoring one, on 3rd September 2014, in a friendly way against world champions Germany.
  • He was selected to captain the team in the absence of Lionel Messi for a warm-up match against Bolivia, scoring twice in a 5-0 win on 6th June and won a penalty which Messi scored in a 2-2 draw in their opening match of the tournament against Paraguay in La Serena.
  • He scored twice and assisted a goal for Sergio Aguero, as Argentina defeated Paraguay 6-1 to reach the final on 30th June.
  • He scored the opening goal of the match and later assisted Ever Banega's goal in a 2-1 win on 6th June 2016 against Chile.
  • He was named in the 23-man squad by manager Jorge Sampaoli for the "2018 FIFA World Cup" in Russia on 22nd May 2018 and scored an extensive range goal against France in a 4-3 defeat on 30th June.
  • In addition, he was included in Lionel Scaloni's final 23-man Argentina squad for the "2019 Copa America" on 21st May 2019.

Angel Di Maria's Honors and Achievements

  • Primeira Liga: Player of the Month April 2010
  • UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2013-2014
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup: Dream Team
  • Olimpia de Plata: 2014
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2014
  • FIFA FIFPro World11: 2014
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2015-2016
  • UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2015–16, 2018-2019
  • UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Month: December 2015
  • UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2019-2020

Playing Style of Angel Di Maria

Di Maria is capable of playing as a more central attacking midfielder or on either side of the pitch, although he is predominantly a left-footed player and also a quick, tricky and talented winger. He possesses excellent dribbling skills and ball control, as well as great pace, stamina, and acceleration. He is also capable of scoring goals himself and is an accurate free-kick taker. He is a very hard-working player, and he improved on the defensive aspect of his game under manager Jose Mourinho despite not being physically imposing.

Personal Life of Angel Di Maria

Reflecting on Angel Di Maria's personal life, he is a married guy. Angel tied a knot with his partner Argentine Jorgelina (nee Cardoso) in 2011. They were in a relationship for a very long time. The couple's relationship status is best till now and hopes it will be in the future too. The couple has a daughter, Pia, who was born three months premature and survived after treatment at an intensive care unit at the Hospital Universitario Monteprincipe in Madrid. In addition, regarding his sexual orientation, he is straight. Angel is living a joyful life with his wife and a daughter.

Angel Di Maria with his wife Jorgelina Cardoso and their daughter Mia

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Net Worth of Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria is one of the successful and famous footballers in Argentina. He has earned a fine amount of money from his career. And moving towards his net worth it is around $18 million dollars as of 2020. He also earns a handsome amount of salary, which is around 7.28 million GBP per year. And his main source of income is from a football career. He is satisfied with his earnings and living a standard life with his family. He has done endorsement works with the well-known sportswear company "Adidas" from where he can earn a fine amount of money. 

Body Measurement of Angel Di Maria

Talking about Angel Di Maria's body measurement, he is a handsome guy who stands at a height of 5 ft 11 in or 180 cm and his body weight is around 70 kg or 154 lbs. His hair color is dark brown and his eyes too. He has made tattoos on his body. His body builds is athletic and his body measurement is 38-13.5-30 inches. As a footballer, he has kept his body maintained.