The ‘left-footed wizard’ is leaving the team after one season.
“Angel Di Maria (35, Juventus) will leave the team this summer,” British media outlet Sky Sports reported on 7 July (KST). Di Maria had announced his departure on social media on 6 June.
Di Maria is one of the sharpest left-footed players in Europe. His accurate kicks and flashy dribbling allow him to cut through defences. He is regarded as a versatile flanker and has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Real Madrid (Spain), Manchester United (England), and Paris Saint-Germain (France).
He joined Juventus ahead of this season. Despite his young age, he had a satisfying season. In total, he made 40 appearances, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists. In December last year, he won the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar with Argentina. He had one goal and one assist in the final against France. He also played a crucial role in the win alongside Lionel Messi.안전놀이터
However, despite his decent performances, he was close to being parted ways. Juventus had a disappointing season. They finished the Italian Serie A in seventh place, just enough to qualify for the UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL). In this season’s UEFA Europa League (UEL), they were knocked out in the last four by Sevilla.
There was also the variable of a point deduction. Juventus has been embroiled in a “bookkeeping scandal” since last year. They were accused of overvaluing players in the transfer market to gain financial advantage. They were eventually found guilty and received a severe punishment of 10 points deduction for the season. Juventus failed to make up for it and finished seventh.
The failure to win the trophy opened Di Maria’s mind. In a social media post, he wrote: “We fought to win the title. A difficult and complicated time is over,” he wrote on social media.
Di Maria will become a free agent this summer. There will be no transfer fee. He has been linked with FC Barcelona (Spain) and ‘parent’ club Benfica (Portugal), according to local media.