Angel di Maria
|Ángel di María|
|Date of Birth||14 February 1988|
|Place of Birth||Rosario, Argentina|
|Position||Attacking Midfielder (Left, Centre)|
Ángel Fabián di María (born 14 February 1988 in Rosario, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for Portuguese giants Benfica.
Di María started his professional football career in 2005 when he made his debut for Rosario Central. In January 2007, he had an opportunity to play in the Russian Premier League when Rubin Kazan offered him a contract. At first, he agreed, but soon afterward, he changed his mind and turned down the offer. After putting up a remarkable performance in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, playing for Argentina, Di María caught the eye of several European teams and in the end, Benfica signed him.
So highly regarded was di María by Benfica team president Luís Filipe Vieira that when presenting the young Argentine he told the club's supporters he had bought the perfect replacement for Benfica's departing captain, Simão. During the first months of his tenure in Lisbon, di María showed that he was not in the least weighed down by the expectations, and the fans quickly took to the exciting talent.
Di María signed a new deal with Benfica in October 2009, adding three more years to his current deal, which will last until 30 June 2015 with a €40 million minimum fee release. He was later that month being backed by Diego Maradona to become Argentina's next superstar. Di María is currently wanted by many of the European elite, and has attracted interest from sides such as Chelsea and Real Madrid, the latter of which have been rumoured to agree a deal for di Maria to join next season.
Angel di María is undoubtedly one of the best young winger's available on Football Manager, and for the price you can buy him for, he is an incredible talent. When Football Manager 2010 was first released, the first few patches saw di Maria become a highly recommended player, with users commenting that he has been bought for their teams for as low as £3m. I personally got him for £4m, which I consider to be an absolute bargain! On the most recent patch (10.0.3) the price for his signature is more expensive, and you are looking at paying upwards of £10m even £15m to sign the Argentine, but this is still a good buy.
María posseses great skill. His best attributes include Dribbling (17), Technique (17) and Flair (16). From looking at these you would gather he is a trickster, but his mental stats are quite impressive too, with his Determination being 16. In the physical area the Argentine is also good, which is much needed for a winger. He is quick (both his acceleration and pace are 16), has good balance (14) and he has enough Stamina to last a match. Remember he can only get better too as he is 22 at the start of the game. With three caps already earned di María will likely under guidance become a flourished international and club starlet, and his value will only soar. This may result in cashing in on him a few years down the line.