Di MARIA EXPLAINS HIS DECISION TO SNUB LIONEL MESS’S INTER MIAMI FOR BENFICA. Angel Di Maria was introduced to thousands of Benfica supporters as he returned to the club where he made his European debut after leaving Rosario.
Following his decision to leave Juventus, the 35-year-old was approached with a number of offers, one of which being a move to MLS franchise Inter Miami, where he might have joined up with fellow Argentine Lionel Messi.
Di Maria and Messi are good friends, therefore many people were astonished by his choice to stay away from his national team captain.
The ex-player for Real Madrid and Manchester United explained why he passed up the chance to play alongside Messi once more.
“I had many proposals, not only from the United States but I had the illusion, the desire, and the enthusiasm to return home. Honestly, I chose with my heart. That is the truth”
Di Maria will go to Portugal to reunite with teammate and close friend Nicolas Otamendi, who also represented Argentina in last year’s World Cup-winning campaign.