Juventus and Italian Legend Gianluigi Buffon believe Di Maria’s arrival in the Serie A will be like Diego Maradona’s time in the Serie A with Napoli.
Paris Saint Germain announced that Angel Di Maria will be leaving the club as a free agent after spending 6 years with the French champions. Di Maria made 295 appearances for Paris Saint Germain scoring 92 goals.
Di Maria won five ligue one titles,five coppa de france and four coppa de la ligue.The Argentina international has emerged as a transfer target for Juventus this summer.
Gianluigi Buffon played alongside Angel Di Maria for one season at Paris Saint Germain and The legendary Goalkeeper believes the Argentine midfielder has what it takes to have the same impact Diego Maradona had with Napoli in the Serie A.
What did Gianluigi Buffon say about Di Maria’s transfer to the Serie A ?
In an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport, The 2006 World Cup winner said: “Right now, Di Maria in Serie A is like Maradona. Am I clear? “Footballers must be valued considering the context where they play. Today Serie A is technically poorer and Angel has so much technique.
“He is decisive in front of goal, he dribbles past his opponents so easily. He is good at delivering assists and runs up and down on the pitch. He can play different roles. In a few words: he is a football player.”
Buffon believes Angel Di Maria at the age of 34 still has the ability and the talent to excel in the Serie A and his age does not matter.
The former Juventus Goalkeeper added: “I am 44, but I still play.
“Age doesn’t matter. Motivation and passion are much more important and the same goes for determination. If Di Maria joins Juventus, it means that he’s ready to do so.
“We are talking of an exemplary professional, a nice guy, one who never gives up and fights during games and training sessions. I repeat, for today’s Serie A, he’d be like Maradona
“At PSG, I played with Neymar, a young Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verratti, but Di Maria was not inferior to any of them.
“When he won the Decima at Madrid in 2014, he was playing with Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos. He was always a step back but knew how to play as a winger, attacking midfielder, and even mezzala.
“Whoever signs him, and I hope it’s Juve, makes a deal. We are talking about a champion and football needs champions.”