Real Madrid have captured Argentina and Benfica's influential star winger Angel Di Maria. They beat Manchester City's bid to sign the 22-year-old Olympic Gold Medalist, news daily Ole reported. Angel Di Maria's € 34,5 Million transfer fee has set a new record in Portugal.
In truth, have Real Madrid committed an error by splashing that huge amount of cash? Have they, instead, just made a super coup?
Angel Di Maria—Have You Forgotten The Name?
Remember the young chap that caught our eyes with his three goals for Argentina at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada? Have you forgotten the name of the Albicelestes' match hero against Nigeria in the final of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? The name is Di Maria, now Benfica's "former" play maker.
At this stage of his career, the young player can already count numerous achievements that contributed in attracting the interest of Real Madrid. Angel Di Maria has been tipped by many to become Argentina's next superstar and to make the most of his inclusion in Diego Maradona's squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The 22-year-old is admired for his quick feet, his accuracy, and his aggression on the ball. At club level, Di Maria is yet to enjoy cup success, but his move to Real Madrid could see him achieve just that. Playing alongside the likes of experienced stars like Xabi Alonso and Cristiano Ronaldo could lead the young Argentine on the perfect road to success.
Real Madrid—The Right Move?
€ 34,5 Million is quite an enormous fee which will definitely have to be converted in positivity on the field of play. On an arguable point of view, Real Madrid's Karim Benzema transfer can be regarded as a failure—at least, for the meantime. The former Lyon striker hasn't impressed and his playing time on the pitch has been reduced to a bench role.
Another Florentino Perez capture, Kaka, hasn't enjoyed the best season debut since injury worries have caused him a great obstacle. The only signing that really seems to please Madridistas so far is Cristiano Ronaldo. Still, in spite of all his efforts added to the rest of the team's contribution, Real Madrid are in serious danger of terminating their 2009/2010 season with empty hands.
Florentino Perez's obsession to create a dream team capable of ruling all over Spain and Europe is being questioned and mocked by many football fans who believe that money doesn't buy success. Whatever the public's opinion, that's Real Madrid's philosophy for you!
What Real Madrid supporters will wonder about now is: have Los Blancos made the right move in capturing Angel Di Maria? Won't he be another disappointment like country man Saviola was during his time in the Spanish capital?