English Premiership

SEVEN things you didn't know about Angel Di Maria

2014-08-26 13:50
Di Maria (Supplied)
Di Maria (Supplied)
Cape Town - Angel Di Maria has been tearing apart La Liga for four years but there is still plenty you don't know about the Argentine winger.

Ray Wilkens thinks United are desperate for paying over the top.

Gary Neville believes signing Di Maria is good business.

With the assistance of the Independent, here are SEVEN things you didn't know about Angel Di Maria:

1. His first club paid 35 soccer balls for him

That's right. When Di Maria was just four years old, Rosario Central paid Torito the hefty sum of 35 soccer balls to bring Angel to their club.

2. He almost didn't make his second birthday

At the age of one, Di Maria survived a near fatal accident after he fell into a well at his home.

3. Angel grew up in a poor neighbourhood

The Argentine star comes from humble beginnings where both his parents worked in a coal yard to support Angel and his two siblings. Barcelona star Lionel Messi also comes from the same city.

4. Di Maria is living his dad's dream

Angel's father was playing for River Plate's reserve side when a knee injury ended his career. Now he lives out his father's dream.

5. Quit your day job dad

After signing for Benfica in 2007, Di Maria instructed his dad to quit the coal yard. Di Maria is thankful that he was able to help his parents out and repay them for all their hard work when he was growing up.

6. "It's just the way I am"

Di Maria reveals he has no secret to his unending stamina. He is always asked how he manages to keep on running? His reply is always the same...

7. SEVEN things in one!

His nickname is noodle.

He heavily favours his left foot.

He is a natural winger but Carlo Ancelotti has played him more centrally in recent times.

He has scored 10 goals in 52 games for Argentina.

He is a La Liga, Champions League and Olympic Gold medal winner.

He scored 36 goals in his time with Real Madrid.

He created 72 assists in 190 appearances for Los Blancos.

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