Angel Di Maria said “thank you, thank you, and a thousand times thank you” to the Argentina fans after playing what he expects to be his final international match on home soil.
Di Maria scored one and created another in a 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Venezuela at La Bombonera on Friday – La Albiceleste’s 30th consecutive match without defeat.
Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Lionel Messi was the beneficiary of Di Maria’s assist. However, with Argentina already sure of their place in Qatar, he suggested considering his international future after the match following the World Cup.
Di Maria was slightly more definitive in his post-match comments, as the 34-year-old reflected on “a wonderful night”.
Di Maria wrote on his Instagram page:
“I’m just going to thank you for the enormous love I have received.
“I always dreamed of everything I lived on this beautiful night. It was probably my last match with this shirt in Argentina, and being able to say that it was a fantastic night is an understatement.
“Thank you, thank you, and a thousand times thank you.
“Now to congratulate the whole team for the great match played, a perfect match by all. We continue growing and dreaming together. Let’s go Argentina!!!”
Di Maria has earned 121 caps and scored 24 goals since his Argentina debut against Paraguay in 2008.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United winger is in line to go to his fourth World Cup.
Although he has scored only twice and failed to provide an assist across 13 appearances in the previous three.
Di Maria will hope to repeat his Copa America heroics in his final major tournament, having scored in July’s final against Brazil to secure Argentina their first silverware with Messi in the side.
Friday’s assist for Messi was Di Maria’s first in qualifying for Qatar – from 13 chances created.
Yet only the captain and Lautaro Martinez (both seven) can top his three goals in this campaign.
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