Di Maria: I had chance to join Barcelona and If I did, it would be for Messi



Angel Di Maria is not only a friend and international teammate of Lionel Messi, but he is also an admirer of the Argentina captain’s footballing ability.

Such is the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder’s respect for Messi that he would be willing to forget his Real Madrid past and join the 31-year-old at Barcelona.

“I love playing with [Messi],” Di Maria told Ole.

“I love watching him in training, too. The things he does, it’s something unique – it’s impossible to explain.

“I had the chance of going to Barcelona and it did not happen. And the truth is that if I was going to go, it was to be with him, to see him every day.

“When he’s on the ball, I’m a spectator.”

Relating to Di Maria almost joining Barcelona, he has refused to rule out a move to the club in the future.

“My relationship with Real Madrid is over because my cycle has ended there,” he added.

“Frankly I would have no problem playing at Barcelona.

“The only club I couldn’t sign for is Newell’s Old Boys because I’m a big fan of Rosario Central.”