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PSG's Angel Di Maria: 'My best goal'

Publish on 29/05/2020 at 11h09 - I. HOLYMAN


Paris Saint-Germain Angel Di Maria has picked out his stunning lob from a seemingly impossible angle against OGC Nice last season as the best goal he has scored.

Di Maria was in stunning form at the Allianz Riviera in October, and had already bent in a superb opening goal on the quarter-hour mark before he produced a moment of genius just six minutes later.


Racing forward, his run was picked out by Thomas Meunier, but with the ball nearing the goalline on the right-hand side, there seemed little option for the left-footed Di Maria to do anything but play for time and wait for help.


But that was not counting on the former Real Madrid and Manchester United producing a magnificent moment of inspiration. Don't believe us? Take a look for yourselves.



"I've scored a lot of goals, but the one against Nice this year. [is the best]," the Argentina international told PSG TV. "I think it's very difficult to get the sequence right on that goal because there was very little space. It was a very nice goal and very important for me."


The strike was celebrated with his trademark 'heart', a sign that has become familiar to European football fans since he started using it over a decade ago.


"It's for my wife," Di Maria explained. "In 2008, she came to live with me in Portugal. The day she arrived, I had a match with Benfica. I scored and celebrated by doing a heart with my hands. Since then, I've just always done it." 


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The goal at Nice may have been one of his best, but ask Di Maria which goal he ranks as his most significant, and the 32-year-old has no doubt.


"The most important goal was in the final of the 2008 Olympic Games against Nigeria," said Di Maria, who struck the only goal of the game in Beijing to earn a side also featuring Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Juan Roman Riquelme and former PSG man Ezequiel Lavezzi the gold medal.


"It's important because it was a final, I was surrounded by great players, and it remains a unique moment for me. I was at Benfica and I wasn't played, and the Olympic Games were very important for me."


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