Football: World Cup winner Angel Di Maria to reconsider Argentina retirement


The 34-year-old Juventus winger previously announced he would retire after football’s showpiece in Qatar, but his performances during the tournament have prompted him to reconsider the decision.

Updated – 11.07am, Saturday – 24 December 22

Soccer: World Cup winners Angel Di Maria to reconsider Argentina retirement

Buenos Aires: Angel di Maria could extend his international career following Argentina’s penalty shootout victory over France in the FIFA World Cup final, according to local media.

The 34-year-old Juventus winger had previously announced his retirement after the football showpiece in Qatar, but his performances during the tournament prompted him to reconsider the decision, TyC Sports said on Friday.

Furthermore, Di Maria is now open to the possibility of continuing until the 2024 Copa América.

Di Maria, who has won 129 titles for the Albiceleste since making his international debut in 2008, struggled to get fit for the final stages of the 2022 World Cup after suffering a thigh strain in the group stage, Xinhua reported.

But he played a key role in last Sunday’s final, winning a duly converted penalty before Lionel Messi scored his side’s second goal to give the Albiceleste a 2-0 lead in Lusail.

Argentina’s next matches will be two 2026 World Cup qualifiers at the end of March.

Like Di Maria, Argentina captain Lionel Messi is also considering his international retirement after winning the World Cup. Messi announced that Qatar 2022 would be his last event for Argentina, but said after the event that he would like to play more for Argentina as a “World Cup winner”.

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