Angel Di Maria, Manchester United's £60m Deal, Once Sold for 35 Footballs

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterAugust 26, 2014

Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria from Argentina reacts during a Spanish Super Cup soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 . (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press

Angel Di Maria is on the brink of becoming the most expensive player ever signed into English football, with Manchester United reportedly set to close out a deal worth approximately £60m to bring him in from Real Madrid, according to BBC Sport.

But the Argentine winger's roots are somewhat humbler than that, and Paul Smith of The Independent reports that he was once bought for the princely sum of 35 footballs:

When scouts from Rosario Central first spotted him there was a minor issue as he was already committed to playing for the local side Torito.

'They drove a hard bargain to release me,' recalled Di Maria. 'The transfer fee was 35 footballs. That probably puts into perspective where I was and how much it took to get me. Mind you I was very young, about four, so I’m not sure it really counts.'

The £60m fee probably does count, however...

[The Independent]

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