Real Madrid is a team that is full of stars that can change games, win games and save games. However, when most of the players are lazily moving around or being selfish, the one man who consistently performs at the top of his game is none other than Angel di Maria.
The Argentinian international is one of the best wingers in the world as his pace, skill and vision make him a danger to every defense he faces. Now in his fifth year, he is beginning to fall slightly out of favor of coach Carlo Ancelotti. The signings of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos have made it difficult for him to find a starting spot as a winger or central midfielder in the 4-3-3 formation.
Ancelotti claims that he wants to keep di Maria aboard, but di Maria admitted that he wants out of the team. In fact, during yesterday’s second-leg 1-0 loss against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, he said that the team did not require his presence on the field.
It is all but certain now that the 26-year old wants out.
If Real Madrid knows what is good for the organization, they will do everything in their power to keep the speedy winger in white. He should be starting games because he is at times more influential than both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale combined. He may not score as many goals, but his dribbling and ability to seek out teammates going forward is uncanny. He is too instrumental to the team with his assets.
If di Maria does end up departing, the team will instantly begin to regret the loss of his energy, speed, work rate, assists and ability to carry the team during building attacking plays. He has to stay no matter what the cost.