Angel di Maria may have been one of the best players for Real Madrid last season, but there has been renewed speculation that he could be sold this summer.
The future of the Argentina international winger first came under doubt last summer, but coach Carlo Ancelotti kept his faith in him.
And Di Maria repaid him, scoring four goals and providing 17 assists in just 27 La Liga starts, and netting three times and laying five assists in nine Champions League matches.
However, there are uncertainties over his future, and Di Maria has not helped his cause to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu by making a remark that might not go down well with a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
‘Depending on Messi is good’, the 26-year-old told Marca, as quoted by Insidespanishfootball.com, while on international duty for Argentina at the ongoing World Cup in Brazil. ‘He’s the best in the world. No one else does what he does and we’re lucky that he’s ours’.
The rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo is well documented, and it is also well known that not so long ago the latter felt that he did not get the public support he needed from his Madrid teammates to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or.
Portugal international forward Ronaldo eventually won the prestigious award in January, and there can be little doubt that over the course of the 2013-14 campaign, he was the best player in the world.
However, it seems that Di Maria does not agree, and it is quite bold of him to make the statement about Messi being the best player in the world to Madrid-based sports daily.
This statement might not go down well among the Madrid bosses either, as it is evident that they want Ronaldo to be portrayed as the best in the world.
Whether Arsenal will be willing to pay that amount remains to be seen.