Ángel di María at AS
AS has a long interview out today with Ángel di María, and it’s worth a read, especially because Ángel talks about his origins, and a bit about his tattoos! As always, interesting parts only, which means no excessive technical football talk!
I also like the picture that accompanied the interview, because we have Di María posing with a trophy bigger than him, and because we get to see a sock tan. And continuing from last Friday, Ángel sports yet another mystifying t-shirt…
Q: Why are you a “canalla” (scoundrel)?
A: I played as a kid with Rosario Central, starting from when I was seven. Thanks to the canallas, I’m now with Madrid.
Q: Explain to the readers of AS what that nickname means.
A: Many years ago [in the 1920s], Newell’s Old Boys wanted to play a charity game for lepers, but Rosario Central refused to join in. That’s why Newell’s is now called the lepers and Rosario the canallas.
Q: You now live in La Finca, a very different place from where you grew up, on Perdriel Street.
A: That’s the place where I was born and where I met my best friends. I have it tattooed on my forearm. Six of us have the same tattoo. Everyone that I love is in the Churrasco neighborhood.
Q: Sometimes, when a footballer makes it, he forgets his old friends…
A: Not me. For me, Alex, Nico, Diego, Mauri, Jeremías and Bryan are everything, along with my family and my girlfriend Jorgelina.
Q: Is it true that your first transfer was at the age of 7, from Atlético Torito to Rosario, and was in exchange for 25 balls?
(Laughs) Yes, but I think it was for a little more than that.
Q: Time flies. And now you play for Madrid…
A: It seems like I was just starting yesterday, when my agent Andrés Miranda came to the house of my parents. I debuted in the Primera at the age of 17, and at 19 I debuted with Benfica, and now Real Madrid. Everything has gone by very quickly: the U-20 World Cup, the Olympic Games, the World Cup in South Africa.
Q: And how much do you owe to your family?
A: A doctor told my mother (Diana) to sign me up for some sport at the age of three because I was a very nervous, jumpy kid. And thanks to the advice of this doctor, I’m here now. My father was a coalman [carbonero in Spanish, like Sara's last name!]. He worked with coal for 16 years, but when I started becoming successful and went to Europe, I told him that I didn’t want him to work anymore.
Q: Did you work with your father?
A: Yes. I helped to receive and dole out the coal. I helped him from the time I was 13 until I made my debut in the Primera.
Q: Your footballing father is Kily González, no?
A: Partly, yes. I speak with him a lot. I played a year with Kily in Rosario Central, and his advice and experience helped me a lot. He told me to always have the ambition to go far and to always want more. That’s what he did, and that’s how he got to Valencia and Inter.
Q: What have your teammates told you about your new stadium?
A: They haven’t told me anything. I was there in the Bernabéu last year, watching a team that had lost 4-0 and had to make a comeback in order to pass to the next round.
Q: The day of Alcorcón?
A: That’s it!
Q: You were watching the game in the stadium?
A: Yes, because I was with the Argentine national team.
Q: What a game you saw!
A: The fans are tough, but when things go well, the people encourage a lot.
Q: Your compatriot Gago has had a bad time with the whistles from the Bernabéu crowd.
A: Yes, I know. The public is very demanding. What happened with Alcorcón was hard. I know that they whistled at Fer, but things like that happen.
Q: Good luck tonight.
A: Thank you. I believe that playing in the Santiago Bernabéu will be something amazing.