Angel Di Maria set to retire from international football after the World Cup

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Copa America 2021 - Final - Brazil v Argentina
Soccer Football - Copa America 2021 - Final - Brazil v Argentina - Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - July 10, 2021 Argentina's Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

After playing and scoring against his country’s Venezuela on Friday, Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria took to Instagram to announce that the match could be his last at home for the national team.

Di Maria had a rival in his comments after the game, as the 34-year-old thought of a “good night”.

“I would like to thank you for the great love I have received,” she wrote on her Instagram page.

“I always dreamed of everything I lived on this beautiful night. It was probably my last game with this shirt in Argentina, and to be able to say it was an amazing night is an understatement.

“Thank you, thank you and a thousand times thank you.

“Now to congratulate the whole team on the great game played the perfect game for all of them. We continue to grow and dream together. Let’s go to Argentina !!!”

Di Maria has played 121 games and scored 24 goals since making his debut in Argentina against Paraguay in 2008.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United midfielder is in contention for the fourth World Cup, despite scoring only two goals and failing to provide 13 support in the last three.

In his last major tournament, Di Maria will hope to repeat his Copa America, scoring in the July final against Brazil to defend Argentina’s first silver medal with Messi.

Assisting Messi on Friday was Di Maria’s first qualifying trip to Qatar – with 13 chances – but only the captain and Lautaro Martinez (both seven) could surpass his three goals in the campaign.

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