Angel Di Maria showed that there is no love lost between him and Cristiano Ronaldo despite getting fouled by the latter. Di Maria faced his former teammate Ronaldo in a friendly pre-season match. The World Cup winner’s new club Benfica humbled the Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr in a 4-1 defeat.
Angel Di Maria recently liked an Instagram post that had fans melting over the players’ bond. The post featured two photos where both players were hugging each other before the recent match. While another one was a throwback picture of their Real Madrid days.
Di Maria liked this post on Instagram 🤍❤️ pic.twitter.com/mmNUKGfcLm
— CristianoXtra (@CristianoXtra_) July 21, 2023
During the friendly match, Di Maria was fouled by the former Manchester United player. The Argentine was seen taking down a loose ball from the air when he noticed Ronaldo close behind him. However, before Ronaldo could chase off the ball, it was flicked off by Di Maria.
The Portuguese, however, ended up clattering with the World Cup winner in an attempt to tackle, thus, resulting in a foul on his former teammate. However, Ronaldo immediately extended his hand in a gesture of apology to the Argentine.
The way Di Maria got Ronaldo 😏
— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 21, 2023
The duo shared the dressing room for four seasons at the Bernabeu before the Argentine left to join the English club Manchester United. Furthermore, the pair won six trophies during their time together at the Spanish club.
Angel Di Maria humbles Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr
Di Maria was one of the star players in the match between Benfica and Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr. Furthermore, the World Cup winner was one of the players who registered their names on the scoresheet.
The former PSG player made a return to his former club Benfica this summer after his time at the Italian side Juventus. Angel Di Maria has become one of the most talked about players since the match against Al-Nassr.
Di María is obviously a world class player, but this is truly shocking shambolic defending from Al Nassr. So much money spent on midfielders and attackers but they really need to sort out the defence. pic.twitter.com/DbUrAQnkr8
— LLF (@laligafrauds) July 20, 2023
The World Cup winner opened the scoresheet for the Portuguese side in the 23rd minute of the game. The player skillfully danced around the Al-Nassr defense before breaking the deadlock with a classic finish. He was soon followed by teammate Goncalo Ramos, who extended Benfica’s lead in the match.
Cristiano Ronaldo‘s team suffered a disastrous loss at the hands of the European team. This was their second pre-season defeat, the first one being a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Celta Vigo. This has made the fans question Ronaldo’s recent comments about European soccer.