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Copa América: Argentina remaining ‘my final sport’ – Ángel di María

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Argentina winger Ángel Di María confirmed his intent to retire after Sunday’s Copa América remaining in opposition to Uruguay or Colombia at Miami Gardens, Florida.

The 36-year-old Di María made his worldwide debut in 2008 and has 31 targets in 144 appearances, and final 12 months had informed followers that the 2024 Copa América can be his remaining event for Argentina.

“It is my final battle. There’s nothing left to say that I have never stated a number of instances earlier than,” Di María stated. “It is my final sport. I’ve to say thanks to all Argentinians and to this era that has allowed me to raise so many trophies.

“I am not prepared for my final sport within the nationwide crew, nevertheless it’s time,” he stated. “No matter occurs within the remaining, I believe I can go away by the entrance door. I gave every thing. I all the time gave my life for this jersey.”

Di María joined with Lionel Messi to guide Argentina to the nation’s third World Cup in 2022 and fifteenth Copa América title in 2021.

He additionally gained an Olympic gold medal in Beijing 2008 with Argentina and the FIFA Beneath-20 World Cup in 2007.

“We have loved him a lot,” Messi stated. “He is all the time given his all and the very best of himself and that he’ll retire in a remaining is one thing he merely deserves.”

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni held out hope Di María will reverse his choice.

“We do not wish to begin crying proper now. We do not wish to really feel melancholy,” Scaloni stated. “We have now to let him play after which we’ll see if we are able to persuade him or not to stick with us.”

South American World Cup qualifying resumes in September, with every nationwide crew scheduled to play 12 extra matches.

The 2026 World Cup remaining can be at MetLife stadium in N.J., that July 19.

“We’ll by no means be those to shut the door,” Scaloni stated. “He may be with our crew for so long as he needs to be. And if he needs to retire however nonetheless come and grasp round, it might be nice. And if he needs to return with me to some other place, I’ll take him in every single place so he can determine no matter he needs to do.”

Messi, in the meantime, confirmed his plans to maintain taking part in for Argentina past Sunday’s Copa América remaining.

“As I’ve stated earlier than, I intend to proceed,” he stated Tuesday night time after Argentina’s 2-0 win over Canada. “I intend to maintain residing day-to-day with out occupied with what’s going to come sooner or later or whether or not I am going to proceed or not. It is one thing I simply reside every day. I am 37 years and solely God is aware of when the tip can be.”

Messi scored his 109th worldwide purpose, his first on this 12 months’s event. It was his 14th in Copa América play, three shy of the document.

The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner spoke outdoors the locker room at MetLife Stadium, the place he introduced his retirement after lacking a penalty kick within the shootout loss to Chile within the 2016 Copa América remaining.

He reversed his choice seven weeks later and has scored 54 targets in 73 worldwide appearances since, elevating his matches for Argentina to 186 as he helped win the 2021 Copa América and 2022 World Cup.

Info from The Related Press was used on this report.

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