Angel Di Maria to retire from international duty after 2022 World Cup

The veteran Argentinian winger hints at retirement post World Cup after the win over Venezuela, the last time the 34-year-old had adorned the blue and white striped jersey.

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The 34-year-old Argentinian has decided to hang his boots after the World Cup qualifies in Qatar this winter, according to GOAL. After scoring his side’s second goal on Friday in Argentina’s 3-0 win over Venezuela, the winger went onto Instagram to express his thoughts on securing their second place in CONMEBOL qualifiers by saying, “I’m just going to say thank you for the immense love I’ve been given. I’ve always dreamed of everything I experienced on this beautiful night. It was probably my last game in this shirt in Argentina. And to say it was a great night is an understatement. Thank you, thank you and a thousand times thank you” as he hinted at the possible retirement from international duty.

Di Maria has had a successful international run just like Messi, often assisting and scoring goals alongside one of the best players the world has ever seen. Di Maria now has about 170 appearances for his home country and is adored by both fellow teammates and Argentinian fans over his consistent performances over the years. His most effective contribution for a team win was the Copa finals last year against Brazil where he scored the decisive goal and helped the South American country win its only silverware.

The team captain, Lionel Messi has also hinted the same as his probable future in football remains unstable with the French club, as they are not up to the standards of the games he wants to be a part of. As of now, their chances of staying back for internationals are very slim post-December and the football world will have to get accustomed to their favourite stars reaching their career endpoints.