Ranking of Di Maria’s European stays (Opinion) -Juvefc.com
On Friday, Angel Di Maria announced his presence at Juventus as he arrived to conclude his medical tests ahead of signing a contract with the club.
The 34-year-old isn’t expected to stay too long in Turin but he’s been plying his trade across Europe for 15 years.
It remains to be seen how his time with the Bianconeri will pan out, but for now, let’s take a look at his last four stints on the Old Continent and rank them according to the level of success found on the pitch.
4-Manchester United (2014-2015)
After establishing himself as one of the sport’s finest during his time at Madrid, Manchester United have decided to shell out €75m for the Argentine’s valuable services, and even hand him the iconic number 7.
However, the star proved to be a troublesome presence in Louis Van Gaal’s diamond midfield, and his move to Old Trafford never took off.
The two parties opted to part ways after a single disappointing campaign.
Like many other young South Americans, Di Maria entered Europe through the gates of Portugal.
The then-young starlet rose to prominence at Benfica, particularly during his last campaign in Lisbon when he helped the club clinch the domestic league title.
2- Real Madrid (2010-2014)
Some would consider Di Maria’s move to Real Madrid to be the epitome of his career, and it just might be.
Under José Mourinho, he was part of a terrifying attacking force alongside Karim Benzama, Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo, before lifting the Champions League trophy with Carlo Ancelotti in his final season at the club. Santiago Bernabéu.
1- Paris Saint Germain (2015-2022)
European glory eluded Di Maria in Paris, and perhaps the whole French league in general was a walk in the park for PSG at times. But with 93 goals, 113 assists and a host of domestic trophies to his name, it’s hard to claim top spot.
Although his importance to the club waned in the previous campaign (following the arrival of Leo Messi), the 34-year-old left the City of Lights as one of the finest players to ever grace the Parc des Princes.