Angel Di Maria enters emotional retirement as Lionel Messi admits he could follow

Paris Saint-Germain star Angel Di Maria is set to hang up his national team boots after this year’s World Cup and his team-mate Lionel Messi is currently evaluating his exit plans

Angel Di Maria will retire from international football after this year's World Cup... and Lionel Messi could follow suit
Angel Di Maria will retire from international football after this year’s World Cup… and Lionel Messi could follow suit

Angel of Mary has confirmed that he will retire from international football after this year World Championship in Qatar.

And the Paris Saint-Germain star’s club and international team-mate Lionel Messi has revealed his uncertainty about playing for Argentina next year.

Di Maria, 34, has had a glittering international career. He was part of the Argentina squad that won the Copa America last year – scored the winning goal against Brazil in the final – and triumphed at the 2008 Olympics and the 2007 U20 World Cup.

the previous Manchester United Winger has also suffered several near misses. He lost two Copa America finals and the World Cup final in his 121-cap career in 2014. Di Maria’s contract at PSG expires in June and it’s unclear if he will stay in France.

“I just wanted to say thank you for the tremendous love I’ve received,” Di Maria continued Instagram, just after Argentina beat Venezuela 3-0 on Thursday night. “I always dreamed of everything that happened to me on that beautiful night.

“It was probably my last game with this shirt in Argentina and to say it was a wonderful night is an understatement.”

“Now I congratulate the entire team on their great performance – a perfect match for everyone. Let’s keep growing and dreaming together. Let’s go Argentina!”

Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria helped Argentina to Copa America glory last summer


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Messi also gave an update on his international future on Thursday night. The 34-year-old PSG forward is Argentina’s captain and all-time top scorer – hitting the net 81 times in 159 games – and has won three major trophies with his country.

Like Di Maria, Messi was part of Argentina’s squad for last summer’s Copa America and the 2008 Olympics. He has also won the U20 World Cup, clinching the title in 2005. Messi has lost throughout his three Copa America finals and World Cup final career.

“I really don’t know,” said Messi, who will turn 35 in June, when asked about his international future. “I think of what is coming, which is very close, [the qualifying match against] Ecuador, the preparation games in June and September.

“There’s a wonderful group here. People love me a lot and they show me more every day. I’m very grateful. It’s good for me every time I come to Argentina. Even more so after the Copa America win. Everything flows of course and on the field it is easier.

“Winning helps to make everything nicer and easier. [Venezuela] was the last game here [in Argentina] before the World Cup. I think it’s a goodbye in a very good way.”

Messi may also be reflecting on his future at club level. the Barcelona The legend has only scored two league goals since joining PSG last summer Many advise him to return to Catalonia and plays under his former teammate Xavi at the Nou Camp.

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