Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain star, Angel Di Maria has revealed that his former club, Real Madrid tried to prevent him from playing the 2014 World Cup final against Germany, by sending him a letter pleading that he sit out of the game.
Di Maria had injured his hamstring against Belgium in his side's 1-0 win in the quarter-final and was forced to miss the semifinal win against Netherlands. The winger was forced to sit out of the final too after failing a fitness test, but he was ready to ignore a plea from Madrid who believed that he could jeopardise a move away from the club if he insisted on playing despite not being a 100 percent.
Angel Di Maria on receiving a letter from Real Madrid telling him to miss the 2014 World Cup final.— Goal (@goal) March 29, 2020
"My leg wasn't right but I wanted to play, I didn't care if I never played football again. Real wanted to sell me. I didn't even want to look at the letter, I tore it up."
"The three of us who know the truth are Dr. Daniel Martinez, [manager] Alejandro Sabella and myself. I came with the tear from the game with Belgium, I was right, 90 percent. The leg was not quite right but I wanted to play, I didn't care about anything if I didn't play football again. It was one of the things they had told me could happen but for me it was the end of the world, it was my end," he said to an Argentinian television programme, as quoted by the Mirror.
"I knew they wanted to sell me and then the letter came, Daniel gave it to me and told me it was from Real Madrid, but I didn't even want to look at it. I went to talk to Alejandro and I said crying that I was not 100 per cent. I knew that he loved me and wanted me to play, but he was looking for the best for the team. He was going to play me but I wanted to try and later in the meeting he finally decided to put Enzo Perez in my place."
Argentina eventually lost the final to Germany courtesy of a Mario Gotze extra-time winner, while Di Maria too sealed a move to Manchester United, where he struggled and was soon shipped off to France.