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Ángel di María at RNE

February 5, 2011
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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.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. ebrahim permalink
    February 5, 2011 10:36

    I love this kid

  2. IsaBella permalink
    February 5, 2011 11:05

    I’ll say it with his own words: “he seems like a nice person” 😀 I really like him. Look forward to meeting him.

  3. amouria permalink
    February 5, 2011 11:16

    So, the player’s working day is 1.5 hours/day? Is that what is called tiring, pressurizing, difficult career? I don’t understand, really. And how much any player is paid for this 1.5 hours/day? so fully and strange….

    • DebS permalink
      February 6, 2011 07:22

      I don’t believe the 1 1/2 hours you’re talking about includes weightlifting, studying videos of their opponents, team meetings, travel to games, actual game time, etc. In any event it is a skilled occupation; on that very few get the opportunity to excel at.

      Also, you are forgetting about all the countless hours they have put in significantly all of their life to get to the point they’re at today. I haven know many athletes who have played in high school and college and there is a lot of time put in to even be half way decent. Then of course there’s the time spent on the road and in games. I can’t imagine the amount of hours that pros put in.

      Finally, you have to remember their career as a professional footballer is very short compared to other occupations. They get paid the big bucks for the first 10-15 years of their working lives and then have to live off whatever money they have put aside. There is the possibility of endorsements or other jobs (coaching, commentating, etc.) afterwards but it won’t be anything near what they’re making now. Meanwhile you have doctors, executives, lawyers and other professionals who can earn lots and still work until their 70’s or later.

      I think if you could view of video of their football career/life from when they first started playing football until today, you would have a very different perspective of how tiring, difficult, time consuming and pressurizing this career really is.

  4. February 5, 2011 13:30

    what does playing Play mean? Playstation? Xbox? Board games?

  5. Jenny permalink
    February 5, 2011 18:42

    He’s so adorable.

    I love the heart thing with his hands too – I didn’t used to, but it’s grown on me!

    I love how so many of the players used their first big salary to help their parents – Mesut, Cristiano and Sami did too (that I know of) and all of them had childhood dreams of helping their families out!

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