Di Maria's Retirement: A 15-Year Journey with Argentina Comes to a Close
|Angel di Maria celebrates on shoulders of Leandro Paredes during FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier match between Brazil and Argentina at Maracana Stadium on November 21, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.(Image-Getty)
After 15 years of representing Argentina, forward Angel Di Maria announced his retirement from international football following the upcoming Copa America in a statement on Thursday. With 136 appearances since his debut in 2008, Di Maria has played a significant role in Argentina's football journey, contributing to their 2022 World Cup final win over France.
The 35-year-old expressed his emotions on Instagram, stating, "The Copa America will be the last time I wear the Argentina shirt." Despite bidding farewell with a heavy heart, he highlighted the profound impact the fans had on his career, especially during his last World Cup qualifier where Argentina triumphed over Brazil.
Di Maria, currently with Portuguese champions Benfica, rejoined the club this year, returning to where he played between 2007 and 2010 when he initially ventured into European football. His illustrious career also featured stints with Real Madrid, Paris St Germain, Juventus, and Manchester United. As he prepares for his sixth Copa America, Argentina will look to defend their continental title, marking the conclusion of a remarkable international journey for Di Maria.