Angel Di Maria beats Messi to Argentine Player of the Year award

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Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria has beaten off competition from Lionel Messi to be named Argentine Player of the Year.

As reported by the Daily Mirror, Di Maria beat Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Barcelona's Messi to scoop top prize after playing a key role in Real Madrid's remarkable season.

The Manchester United star moved to Old Trafford over the summer from the Bernabeu for a British record transfer fee of £60m.

Di Maria was a vital piece of Carlo Ancelotti's squad that won the Champions League last season, and the Argentine international helped his country, alongside Messi and Aguero, to the World Cup final where they lost to Germany.

The former-Benfica winger collected the sporting award, known as the Olimpia de Plata, on Tuesday. He is the first person not called Leo Messi to win the Football Player of the Year since 2006 - and even then Messi might be a bit miffed to have lost.

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This calendar year he has scored 56 times for Barcelona and Argentina, while Di Maria has managed seven goals and 25 assists over the same time period.

Di Maria also missed the World Cup final against Germany after suffering an injury in the semi-final, although he did play a key role in their progression, including the winning strike against Switzerland in the last-16.

Messi was ultimately named the player of the tournament.

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Di Maria has quickly settled into life at Old Trafford, but injury suffered against Hull City earlier in the campaign has kept him out of action in recent weeks.

Before the injury, Di Maria had managed three goals in his first five matches under Louis van Gaal and had already established himself as a vital piece of a rebuilding Manchester United team.

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