Ángel di María at RNE
Do all Argentines like black, quilted jackets? Must make Christmas shopping easy.
Ángel di María was the special guest on RNE’s “Radiogaceta de los Deportes” yesterday. We find out that Kily González was his footballing reference (the presenters said this was the first time for them that an Argentine hadn’t replied Maradona), that if he had to choose which of the three titles he’d want to win with Madrid, it would be the Champions League, and the Mourinho is a different person than he appears to the public. Ángel described Mou as a “very nice person who likes to joke around with us, and doesn’t differentiate between us. That helps the group to be more united.” He also said that Adebayor “seems like a nice person” although so far he’s been logically hanging out with the French speakers. The interview only got interesting once the presenters said they wanted to get to know Ángel di María, the person.
“Fideo” said that he eats the same as he has always done, but that he’s just naturally thin. He was asked about whether he’s in contact with all the Argentine players in Spain, and he says yes, especially Kun in Madrid, Acosta and Fazio in Sevilla, Leo (un amigo de Rosario) in Barcelona and Banega in Valencia, but that all the players have good relationships. Ángel also says that he’s very religious: he has an image of Christ tattooed on his leg and images of the virgin and saints in his locker at the Bernabéu, and he prays before each game.
He also said it was important for him that he’s the same person as he was before he started playing football, and that his dream was always to be able to buy a house for his parents with his own money, which he achieved with his first salary from Benfica. He also revealed that he didn’t like studying at all, and that it was a difficult decision to make to play football, because he had to choose between that and helping out his parents economically by working.
A typical day in the life of Ángel di María: training session, go home, eat lunch with his girl, go for a walk/go shopping/something relaxing, have dinner, watch a movie before going to sleep. He also reveals that he doesn’t like to go out very much, that if he does go out, it’s just to eat dinner. At home, Ángel listens to Argentine music, especially cumbia, and that he also enjoys playing Play at times.
And the presenters also joke about how Ángel always receives Valentine’s Day gifts, because his birthday falls on the same day (he’ll turn 23 this year).
Listeners had also sent in some goal celebration suggestions: somersaults a la Hugo Sánchez, giving your shirt to someone in the stands, revealing a shirt to congratulate your mother for her birthday… but Ángel didn’t subscribe to any of the suggestions, so we’ll probably continue seeing him make a heart with his hands. I don’t think I mind any more, because I just want him to score and score!
Have a watch here.