Angel Di Maria Gets Into Serious Age Battle With Lionel Messi

Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria has expressed disappointment about his exclusion from the latest Argentina squad.

The 32-year-old has been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Lionel Scaloni for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia.

Di Maria suggests Lionel Messi, who is 33, should also get the boot if it’s a decision based on age.

The PSG star told Clos Continental: “I can’t find an explanation, I have no words. For me, Argentina is the best.

“At my club it’s to try to have a chance with the national team and compete. It’s difficult to understand that being in good form, I’m not called up.

 “If I’m not called, it’s because they don’t want me, but I will keep fighting to be in the team.

“I’m old at 32? If we start to think about replacements, we should do it with everyone.

“For that, Messi, Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi shouldn’t go and others who are in great form.

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“Many say that I’m old but I still run the same way and I can be at the same level as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.’’

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