Argentine international Angel Di Maria decided to react to the Real Madrid fans’ booing by giving out a foul gesture.
Angel Di Maria’s patience with the Real Madrid fans snapped whilst he was substituted during Los Blancos 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium yesterday.
Di Maria wasn’t having the best of games by his standards, registering 65 touches but with a successful pass rate of only 79% - the lowest in a Real Madrid shirt.
In fairness to the Argentine, he was trying to be more direct, making things happen as Real Madrid pushed for a first goal. However, with every misplaced pass, the groans from the home crowd got louder and louder.
Real Madrid continued to attack without such luck and the impatience from the crowd around the hour mark started to boil over. Angel Di Maria was hauled off on 65 minutes, with the game till tied at 0-0.
As the recently reported Manchester United target walked towards the touchline to be replaced by Gareth Bale, the boos were deafening, and Di Maria retaliated by cupping his genitals, a foul South American way of saying ‘Give me a break’
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti admitted in the post-match conference that he didn’t see the gesture, however went on to defend the player saying it’s not a big deal and that everyone makes errors in life.
“He tried to play, just like everyone else did. It was in a period of the match when the crowd were whistling. Occasionally that is a good thing.
“I have not seen the gesture. I shook his hand and then I don’t know what he did. He might have made a mistake, but it’s not a big deal for me. It is news to me if he responded to the crowd and it is a mistake if he has, but life goes on.”
The problem now for Angel Di Maria is winning back the support from the Real fans – which is not an easy task.
Football fans in general are fickle, but when the fans of arguably the most powerful club in the world are against you, it’s a huge tide to swim against.