In an exclusive interview with FIFA.com, Angel di Maria has disclosed he doesn’t spend time wondering what might have happened if he had played in the world cup final last summer which held in Brazil. He feels it’s God’s will that he missed out on the prestigious event.
“No [i do not wonder]” he told to FIFA.com
“because I firmly believe things happen for a reason.”
“If it was God’s will that I didn’t play in that final, then it’s because I wasn’t meant to be there.”
“The players that started gave absolutely everything. We had every chance of winning that game and many scoring opportunities, but the ball just wouldn’t go in.”
“They [Germany] had two chances: one hit the post and the other went in. That’s football for you”, the winger concluded.
Di maria also mentioned, it would be special and he’s hoping the team can clinch this year’s Copa America Championship.
You’re one of the few to have been long-time team-mates of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Do you tire of people asking you to compare them?
No, because I always say the same thing: that they’re two completely different players. Leo features in every game, making short bursts and nonchalantly dribbling past one, two or three players with great ball control in tight spaces. Cristiano is more about power, long range shots… they’re different. If I were FIFA, I’d have two Ballon d’Or prizes, one for that pair to fight over, and another for everyone else.
There’s been a lot of talk about Messi of late, even rumours that he’d consider a move to Chelsea. As someone who spent time working with Jose Mourinho, could you see them together?
In principle, I don’t think Leo wants to leave Barcelona. It’s hard to walk away from a club that’s given you everything, where you effectively grew up. But to answer your question, no I don’t think he’d have any problem working with Mourinho. (laughs)
For your part, you’ve played for Real Madrid and now Manchester United. Is there anywhere else you’d like to play one day?
The next step will be to return to Rosario Central, another giant of the game! (laughs). Truth be told, I’ve played for Europe’s biggest clubs, competed in two World Cups and won the Champions League. I represented Real Madrid and before that was with Benfica, which, while a slightly smaller club than Madrid, is a giant of Portuguese football. Now I’m with another massive club in Manchester United. When I finish here, I think it might be time to return to Argentina. Hopefully that happens.
Finally, is winning the 2015 Copa America your top goal this year?
Hopefully we can manage it as I’d love to win something with the full national team. I’ve won an Olympic title and an U-20 World Cup, but it’d be really special to round things off with a Copa title with the seniors. It’s hard, though, as there are many strong teams at present, including Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay, who fight every step of the way. It’s a tall order but hopefully things go well for us and we can finally give Argentina reason to celebrate
Angel di Maria’s extra time winner against Switzerland (Round of 16, World Cup 2014)