Di Maria To Retire From Argentina National Team After 2024 Copa America

Angel Di Maria has announced he will retire from the Argentina national team after the 2024 Copa America tournament.

Nov 24, 2023 - 12:22
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Di Maria To Retire From Argentina National Team After 2024 Copa America

Di Maria has been a great servant to La Albiceleste since his debut in 2008.

The 35-year-old is now a veteran of 136 caps and 29 goals to his name.

Di Maria's list of national team honours include an U-20 World Cup, an Olympic gold medal, the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

He scored the winner in both the 2008 Olympic Games final against Nigeria and the 2021 Copa America final against Brazil.

Di Maria was also on target in the 3-3 draw against France in the Qatar 2022 World Cup final before Argentina went on to win on penalties.

"The Copa America will be the last time I wear the Argentina shirt," Di Maria wrote on his Instagram account.

"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.

"I can't express in words how much the cheering of the fans has filled my soul in this last match, I enjoyed every second of with my team mates and friends," he added, referring to his last World Cup qualifier in which Argentina beat Brazil 1-0.

Di Maria is currently taking in a second spell at Portuguese giants Benfica after stints at Real Madrid, Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain and Juventus.