Di María: “I played alongside Rui Costa and now I have him as president, I’m getting old”

Thirteen years after the farewell, Di María listened to the heart and returned to Benfica with the status of World Champion and does not forget the way he was received at the stadium of Luz by the fans of the eagles. The Argentine international gave an interview to the UEFA website where he again spoke of his love for the emblem of the Portuguese capital.

“Today, at the age of 35, I continue to do the same on the pitch. I always want more, more goals and more assists. With age, goals change. Playing in the Europa League and the Champions League gave me the possibility to grow, to be who I am today, and to always want to win was something that this club taught me. The only thing I had in my mind was to put this shirt back on, to be happy again where I had already been very happy. I just had that thought in my head,” he said.

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At Benfica, he re-found Rui Costa in a very different role than he had in his first spell at the club. From teammate to president.

“Benfica is my home in Europe, that’s where I arrived, where I really became a player. I had the possibility to play with Rui Costa, which means I’m old… I played alongside him and now I have him as president,” he shot back with a laugh.