Angel Di Maria: Lionel Messi’s Patronus | Football news
In 2021, it was the Argentinian’s brilliant lob against Alison Becker that gave Messi and Argentina their first Copa America title since 1993. And on Sunday, on Messi’s best night, it was Di Maria’s brilliance on the left side helped the Latin American giants go 2-0 up against France before half-time was over. Unfortunately, Di Maria was injured when Argentina played in the 2014 final against Germany.
In recent years, Di Maria has mainly played on the right wing. He is also recovering from the injury he picked up in the match against Saudi Arabia and he is uncertain for the final. But the coach Lionel ScaloniIn one move, decided to use the winger with a sparkly toe on the left wing, a position he played as Man of the Match in the 2014 Champions League final for Real Madrid.
The act of catching the French right-back Jules Kounde completely caught off guard and the insidious Juventus player scoffed Ousmane Dembele to take the first penalty to help Messi make it 1-0. Not long after, it was Di Maria who scored after Alister Mac Allister’s beautiful cross from the left wing to make it 2-0.
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It was clear that Di Maria was exhausted and had to leave the field midway through the second half, but he did more than expected. Many feel it was Scaloni’s move to Di Maria that really tipped the balance in Argentina’s favor.
As the match progressed, Di Maria, sitting on the sidelines, couldn’t hold back her tears – emotions simply surged as fortunes kept changing. And when it’s all over, Messi’s biggest hug is for his old friend, with whom he has won and failed in the national team shirt for the past 14 years. Now is the time to enjoy, sitting on a park bench, the beautiful journey they shared.