Why Di Maria Stayed in Paris During the Coronavirus Crisis

Unlike many of his South American teammates, Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria remained in Paris with his family during the coronavirus crisis.

Marquinhos, Neymar Jr., and Thiago Silva all left France for Brazil and Edinson Cavani traveled with his family to their home in Uruguay. Leandro Paredes was the only South American to remain in Paris with Di Maria.

The months of confinement have taken a toll on Di Maria. His wife, Jorgelina Cardos, described Di Maria as a “zombie” during private conversations (via Le Parisien) and he’s had to resort to fun social media exchanges with Paredes to help pass the time.

Currently, Di Maria is on the French Riviera for a short holiday before the squad returns to training on June 22. The Argentina international gave an extensive interview with L’Equipe where he discussed a number of topics including why he chose to remain in the French capital.

“To be honest, I felt safe in my house, myself, and my family. I knew that if I had any problems, I would call the club and within 10 minutes, we would find a solution. If we had a problem, there was the doctor, the hospital. My eldest daughter is allergic to lactose: in Argentina, you don’t find suitable products everywhere. When you have young children, in my city [Rosario], it can be complicated if you have to go to the hospital. My peace comes above all through the well-being of mine. And then, Paris is my city today, so it was natural to go through this period here.”

Every player had to make their own decision at the outset of this pandemic and it definitely sounds like Di Maria weighed all of his options.

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