Angel Di Maria once came close to joining Barcelona

Angel Di Maria was keen to play with Messi at the club level.

Both Argentine forwards have been national teammates for a while and Di Maria was always eager to play with Messi at club level.

The former Real Madrid attacker who spent four seasons at Bernabeu was once close to joining rivals Barcelona but a move failed to materialise.

Both forwards came through the youth system at Rosario Central in Argentina and they finally reunited at PSG this summer.

“If you saw the things he does in training, in practice,” Di Maria said of his compatriot in comments carried by Marca. “I was once very close to going to Barcelona, and I would have gone just to have played with him.

“When he came [to PSG] I was so happy, it was the best thing that’s ever happened to me, playing with him [at club level] is a dream I had, something unique. This kid is crazy, he’s insane. Seven Ballon d’Or awards is crazy, it’s half of his career and the rest they gave to others, but if it’s for the best player in the world they should have given it to him [every year].”


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