Angel Di Maria is perhaps one of the most underrated players of his generation.
For Argentina, the 33-year-old has contributed to 44 goals (21G, 23A) in 115 games and also netted the winner in the 2021 Copa America final versus Brazil.
The guy really is a legend of the modern game and as well as producing elite-level output at the very highest level, Di Maria possesses a vast collection of jaw-dropping moments out on the hallowed turf.
Some of the skills he’s performed down the years have been a joy to watch and perhaps the best of the lot came when ‘Fideo’ was announcing himself to the footballing world at Benfica.
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Di Maria was sensational in his younger days for the Lisbon-based club and one of the 15 goals he scored during his three-year stay in Portugal was simply out of this world.
In a Europa League group match against AEK Athens towards the end of 2009, the skinny midfielder managed to beat the opposing goalkeeper with a rabona effort from just outside the penalty area.
It really was an extraordinary piece of innovation from Di Maria and the outrageous goal really isn’t talked about enough in the present day.
Take a look at the Argentine’s masterpiece here…
Video: Di Maria’s spectacular rabona goal vs AEK Athens
When football is played like that, it really is the beautiful game.
Back in April 2020, Di Maria was asked about the goal by UEFA and whether he believed that it was a very “Argentinian” snippet of genius.
“Yes, well, let’s say it’s from South America,” he replied. “All of that comes from South American players, more than anyone. The truth is I’ve only scored one rabona goal; that’s my only rabona. And, honestly, it’s not easy!
“I’ve only scored one and it was very nice because it was against a big team, and I scored it for Benfica, my first team in Europe.”
Well played, Angel.