One of Argentina’s World Cup 2022 heroes has announced his retirement from international football. But, this will happen after the conclusion of the Copa America next summer. Angel Di Maria helped Argentina win the elusive World Cup title in Qatar last year. He scored the second goal of the game as well. In the end, Argentina narrowly defeated France 4-2 on penalties in an entertaining and dramatic final.
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He announced his retirement from football on Instagram on Thursday. This is after playing for Argentina in their 1-0 triumph against archrivals Brazil.
Angel Di Maria, who scored in the World Cup final against France, posted a picture of himself celebrating with his teammates beside the lengthy and passionate message to fans on Instagram.
Angel Di Maria’s post read, ‘Well, that was the last (World Cup) qualifying game for me. I cannot express in words how much the applause of the people in this last time fills my soul, I enjoy every second of that affection and that of my teammates, they, my friends, without For them this story would not have the same meaning.’
The post continued, ‘The love of each one of them made me who I am today. The Copa América will be the last time I wear the Argentine shirt, with all the pain in my soul and feeling a lump in my throat I say goodbye to the most beautiful thing that happened to me in my career, wearing it, sweating it and FEELING IT with all the pride. Thank you fans, thank you family, thank you friends and teammates, we continue making history and that will remain for all eternity. Let’s go Argentina!’
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Di Maria leaves as an Argentina legend
The Argentine legend, Angel Di Maria’s 16-year career with the Albiceleste will come to an end after 136 appearances and 29 goals. The Argentine winger has had an incredible voyage with his country in recent years, winning the Copa America 2021 and the World Cup in 2022.
Angel Di Maria’s retirement is scheduled for next summer, when the Copa America 2024 will be hosted in the United States from June 20 to July 14.
Angel Di Maria has become a national hero after demonstrating his capacity to score key goals in two finals against France and Brazil, etching his place in the nation’s football history.
The former Manchester United star also won a gold medal in Beijing in 2008. Additionally, he also won the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2007 with Argentina.