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Angel Di Maria: his PSG career

Angel Di Maria: his PSG career

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Publish on 06/30 at 14:52 - I. HOLYMAN

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Angel Di Maria leaves Paris Saint-Germain after seven seasons filled with trophies, goals and above all assists, so many in fact he is the Ligue 1 Uber Eats champions' all-time leading goalmaker — ligue1.com pays tribute to El Fideo.

Honours with PSG

Ligue 1 (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022)

Coupe de France (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)

Coupe de la Ligue (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020)

Trophée des Champions (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020)

 

Di Maria arrived at PSG in summer 2015 following a spell at Manchester United that had dented if not permanently damaged his reputation. His price tag — the second-biggest in Ligue 1 Uber Eats at the time after that paid for Edinson Cavani — did suggest the capital club were getting a top-grade performer though. He certainly proved his worth, claiming a hat-trick of assists in a 5-1 punishing of Lyon, and they helped him finish his maiden campaign in France as the league's top goalmaker with 18 assists.

 

WATCH: Di Maria pulls the strings as PSG crush Lyon

 

 

 

 

Unai Emery's arrival at the Parc des Princes coincided with an injury that blighted Di Maria's first half of the 2016/17 campaign in which his two goals in the 4-0 UEFA Champions League Last 16 first-leg win over Barcelona will forever be overshadowed by the 'remontada' in the second leg. The signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in summer 2017 meant competition for places in the side's frontline was fierce, though he still made 26 top-flight starts as a creative foil for the superstar duo. The former Benfica man actually netted 11 league goals, the best tally of his PSG career to date.

 

WATCH: Di Maria and PSG tear Dijon apart

 

 

 

 

He went one better in the 2018/19 campaign — his most prolific in terms of league goals during his time in France — as a positional tweak by new boss Thomas Tuchel allowed him to flourish in the final third. He scored twice and set up the other in the 3-1 Classique win over Marseille on Matchday 29, which looked like it would herald a strong finish to the season. A hamstring injury sustained on international duty sidelined him for a month, but he returned to score three times in the remaining five league matches of yet another title-winning campaign.

 

WATCH: Di Maria produces a classic Classique performance

 

 

 

 

The shortened 2019/20 season saw PSG — eventually — feature in the UEFA Champions League final, and it could have been an even more memorable campaign for Di Maria, who was in sublime form just before the Ligue 1 Uber Eats season was brought to an end after Matchday 27. He tallied six assists in his last four starts to finish on 14, just four shy of his personal record in the French top flight. He also netted eight goals including two in a 4-1 win at Nice on Matchday 10 that included one of the very best strikes seen anywhere that season.

 

WATCH: Di Maria's incredible lob from every angle (courtesy: PSG)

 

 

 

 

The 2020/21 season included some lows for Di Maria, who was suspended for four matches for spitting during the Classique defeat to Marseille on Matchday 3, while a thigh injury limited his contribution to five goals. He still managed 11 league assists and earned himself a place in PSG history during the Coupe de France final defeat of Monaco: he delivered his 104th assist for the club to break the record of Safet Susic, and become PSG's all-time leading goalmaker.

 

WATCH: Di Maria's instrumental display against Lille

 

 

 

 

His seventh and final season in the French capital was his worst in terms of statistics since 2016/17. With five goals and eight assists, Di Maria's PSG career ended in a whimper with form and fitness limiting him to 19 league starts.There were some highlights though, notably scoring one and teeing up the other in the 2-1 win over then-reigning champions LOSC Lille in November.