Di Maria: I won’t celebrate if I score against Real Madrid
Paris Saint Germain midfielder Angel Di Maria is thrilled with his move to Paris and insists that if he scores against his former club Real Madrid in their upcoming Champions League tie, he won’t celebrate.
In an interview with UEFA, Di Maria stated that he’s happy with his move to PSG from Manchester United this past summer and feels a lot better with his football ahead of their Champions League tie against his former club Real Madrid.
“When I knew I would be moving to Paris, I said to my wife that I was sure we would draw Real Madrid. I don’t know how the people there will welcome me, but we won the Décima and many other titles together, and in my last match – against Atlético Madrid – the fans gave me a standing ovation when they knew I was leaving to go to Manchester. I think it will be really nice to return to the Bernabéu. If I score, I won’t celebrate. Everything I achieved with that club is still in my heart.”
Di Maria went on to describe his time at Manchester United as “difficult” and while he always has a smile on his face at PSG, it’s made even better playing alongside a player like Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“I have played with Leo [Lionel Messi], Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Wayne] Rooney, and now I have the chance to play with Ibra. I’d never realised how good he is, all the moves he has, despite him being so tall. I was very surprised, honestly, from the day I arrived. So hopefully we’ll get along well, because I think he has a lot of quality and a lot to bring to this team.”
However, while Zlatan is a joy to work with, it is Leo Messi who tops the list of the world’s greatest players of all-time for Di Maria, who admires his compatriot for winning seemingly every trophy because he enjoys playing football, nothing more and nothing less.
“There are no words to describe Leo. The only thing I can say, leaving trophies and football aside, is that he is a great person and a great friend. And I believe that everything he’s achieved, he’s achieved because he enjoys it – playing the way he likes to, and showing the way he is. The way he is on the pitch is how he is off the pitch: a calm guy, a very good person. And he has very much deserved everything he has won.”
Real Madrid will travel to France for their October 21st first leg Champions League meeting against PSG.