On the scoresheet again at Metz on Friday evening, Angel Di Maria has made a cracking start to his fifth season with Paris Saint-Germain. Interview.
The Argentinian international had also netted against Rennes in the Trophée des Champions and against Nîmes in Week 1 of the new season, hitting the ground running. Di Maria has never spent longer at a club than in the French capital and he's feeling more and more at home as he told This is Paris.
Di Maria said: "It's just great, I'm very, very happy. I really wanted to stay at this club for a number of years. I hope to fulfil every year of my contract and then we'll see what happens. I think I've had four good years here. Things have got better and better. I made a very good start to life in France and each year, I've adapted a little more to the championship, to the country, the city, to everything. It happened slowly, slowly. Rome wasn't built in a day.
"Each year we keep learning. I always say that. You can be 20 years old or 30 and with each passing year, you always learn something new. You discover new things. The most important thing is to have great teammates. That gives you the opportunity to keep improving and to learn a lot more. I think last season, my fourth, was my best since signing for Paris Saint-Germain. It was a very good season, both on a team level and also individually for me.
"Sometimes it can be hard"
"Sometimes it can be hard when there are so many stars in a team. It's normal that Edi Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar all love scoring, they all want to attack, to try to score.last season I was able to score a lot of goals, to play higher up the pitch. Unfortunately it was because of injuries to Neymar and Edi that I played as a forward and was in a position to score more, but I'm very happy. Like I said, year after year we progress, we know that league better and better, we adapt. I hope this season will be even better."
"A lot of people think that you earn a lot of money, that life is easy, that you live in Paris or Madrid or somewhere else and you have a nice car. People think like that and most of the time they don't look behind that, to see the person or what happened before.
"I don't know if it's so much the case in Europe, but it is like this in Argentina because there a lot of people don't have money, they can't buy football boots, it's hard to go to training, it's too far, you need a bike. All this sort of stuff.I identify with that and I know it's not only footballers, but other athletes can also identify because it's hard to reach the very top if you haven't experienced the very bottom.
"In Argentina, football stirs up a lot of passion and when you don't run enough, people say: ‘why does he earn so much money?' But we also have a life, a family, children and sometimes there are other things going on in your life, or it's just not your day. People don't want to understand that. They think we are machines, that when we step onto the field and just start running, running, running, goal, goal. But sometimes it doesn't happen, we are human beings and we make mistakes. That's all part of life!"