Ángel Di María announces decision to retire from international soccer after 2024 Copa América

Angel Di María confirms his international retirement after the 2024 Copa America as the legendary winger replaced captain Lionel Messi during Argentina’s 1-0 victory over rivals Brazil.

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Angel di Maria announces retirement.

The former Real Madrid and PSG star Di María confirmed on Thursday that his international career will end after the 2024 Copa América in the United States.

El Fideo featured in Argentina’s recent 1-0 victory over great rival Brazil at the Maracaná, replacing captain Messi in Brazil’s first-ever home defeat in Conmebol World Cup qualifiers.

And it was at the Maracaná in 2021 where Di María made history with his country – scoring the winning goal in the Copa América final against Brazil.

As part of Lionel Scaloni’s squad, the experienced forward later went on to lift the 2022 World Cup with Argentina in Qatar, the pinnacle of his career.

Di María announces retirement plans.

“I can’t express in words how much the ovation [against Brazil] has filled my soul,” Di María wrote on his social media accounts. “I enjoy every second of that affection and that of my teammates. They, my friends, without them this story would not have the same meaning. The affection of each and every one of them made me who I am today.

Di Maria announced retire desicion
Di Maria announced retire desicion

“Unfortunately, we can’t let the events that took place in the stadium happen, nobody deserves that treatment, nor the beatings. Families and children were scared in the middle of a stadium where the only thing that should have happened was to watch and enjoy a match. Hopefully, this kind of thing won’t happen again. We as players will always defend our fans.

“The Copa América will be the last time I wear the Argentina shirt, with all the pain in my soul and feeling a lump in my throat I say goodbye to the most beautiful thing that happened to me in my career, wearing it, sweating in it and feeling it with all my pride.

“Thank you fans, thank you, family, thank you, friends and teammates, we continue to make history.”

The Benfica player, 35, has made 136 appearances with La Albiceleste, scoring 29 goals, including the winning goal in the Copa America 2021 winner and one goal in the World Cup final 2022.


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