Video: Di Maria Shares His Favorite Goals and Why He Celebrates By Making a Heart With His Hands

Angel Di Maria has quietly snuck his way into being one of the better players to wear a Paris Saint-Germain kit and arguably the best Argentine to wear the Parisian colors.

Di Maria doesn’t do that many interviews, but he conducted one for the club’s social media accounts entitled “Quickfire,” where the 32-year-old answered some rapid-fire questions.

El Fideo discussed his best goal, favorite player growing up, and why he celebrates every goal with a heart symbol.

My favorite goal?

The most important goal was in the final of the 2008 Olympic Games against Nigeria. An important goal because it was a final and I was surrounded by great players and it remains a unique moment for me. I was in Benfica and I did not play and the Olympic Games were very important to me.

My best goal?

I registered several! (laughs) But I would say the one against Nice this year. I think that the gesture on this goal is very difficult to achieve because there was very little space. It was a great goal and very important to me.

The most beautiful goal I have ever seen?

I saw it several times, it is that of Maradona and Messi. The two start from the midfield, dribbling the goalkeeper and finalizing the action in the same way. It is one of the most beautiful goals I have seen.

My idol?

Kily Cristian Gonzalez because he played in the same position as me in great European teams and in the Argentine selection. It was a reference for me, it started at Rosario Central, the club that made me known too. I was lucky to be able to play with him before coming to play in Europe because he had returned to Argentina. The circle was complete.

Why do I celebrate with my heart?

It’s for my wife, in 2008 she came to live with me in Portugal. The day she arrived we had a match with Benfica. I marked and I celebrated by making the heart with my hands. And ever since, I’ve always done it.

My rituals?

Tons! (laughs) I do the same thing all the time. I do a lot of things: I pray, I ask to feel good on the field and finish the match well. To make the right decisions too. I take the same things, I do the same things, I always sit in the same place. I have a lot.

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