Angel Di Maria, currently back at Benfica Lisbon where he began his European journey a decade ago, recently shared his all-time best XI, featuring five players he has played alongside during his illustrious career.
The Argentine winger, who has had a remarkable career with Argentina, Benfica, Real Madrid, Manchester United, PSG, and Juventus Turin, reflected on his football journey during an interview with Argentine TV channel TyC Sports.
In goal, Di Maria chose his compatriot Martinez, while in defense, he opted for the experience of Sergio Ramos, Nicolas Otamendi, and Marcelo, snubbing the likes of Thiago Silva, Pepe, Varane, or Marquinhos. Moving to the midfield, Di Maria kept it brief, mentioning Mascherano and his current Benfica president, Rui Costa. Surprisingly, he left out longstanding PSG teammates Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes.
In the attacking trio, Di Maria showcased a preference for his former PSG comrades, naming Lionel Messi as the first choice, followed by "Ney, Ibrahimovic, and Kylian." Notably absent were Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, or Gareth Bale, with whom he won his only UEFA Champions League in 2014. The Argentine winger emphasized his strong connection with players from his seven seasons at PSG, leaving a lasting impact on his football journey.
Angel Di Maria's All-Time Best XI: Martinez - Otamendi, Ramos, Marcelo - Mascherano, Rui Costa - Di Maria - Messi, Ibrahimovic, Mbappe, Neymar.
As Angel Di Maria continues his football journey with Benfica, his reflections on the best players he has played with offer a glimpse into the diverse and storied chapters of his career.