Angel di Maria is an Argentine footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club PSG and the Argentina national football team. Receiving the Man of the Match award in the final of the 2013-14 Champions League for Real Madrid, di Maria is regarded as one of the world's best midfielders in world football due to his electric pace, creativity, and left foot wand. Di Maria began his career at local Rosario Central before moving to Benfica in 2007 and then Real Madrid in 2010.
Born on the 14th February 1988, di Maria spent his youth career at Rosario Central, a club team in his home town. di Maria moved to Benfica in 2007 and was seen as a replacement for outgoing captain, Simao. 76 goals in 7 appearances, as well as two Portuguese League Cups and a league title marked a successful spell at the club. di Maria's speed, dribbling skills and ability to assist goals was recognised by bigger clubs and on 28th June 2010, Real Madrid signed di Maria to a five year contract for €25 million. His first league goal was scored against Real Sociedad in a 2-1 victory. di Maria was a key player for Madrid in the 2013-14 season helping his side to win the Champions League title where he was awarded man of the match in the final.
In the summer of 2014 the arrivals of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos at Real Madrid resulted in less game time for di Maria. This therefore forced a move away to Premier League side Manchester United. The Argentine signed the most expensive deal in English football history signing a record 60 million pound deal. di Maria joined fellow Argentine Marcos Rojo who signed a deal the week before at the club. After starting his Old Trafford career with sterling performances which included scoring an audacious chip against Leicester City. As the season progressed di Maria would fall out of favour with van Gaal and was subsequently transferred to French giants PSG for a reported £44 million
In 2007 di Maria earned his first U-20 international cap when he represented Argentina at the South American Youth Championships. Later that year he helped the team win the U-20 World Cup staged in Canada by scoring three goals throughout the tournament. 2008 proved to be an equally successful year internationally for the young Argentinian after he was called up to the squad for the Beijing Olympics. di Maria played an important role in the Argentinian side which won the gold medal. In the quarter finals he scored the match winner in extra time to defeat the Netherlands. In the gold medal match he scored the only goal in the 58th minute to secure the win over Nigeria. di Maria played for Argentina at the 2014 World Cup helping his nation to the final where they lost 1-0 to Germany.