Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria has been voted Argentina’s foreign-based player of the year by the country’s sports journalists, beating Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to the award.
Di Maria won the Olimpia de Plata (Silver Olimpia award) at a ceremony on Tuesday. It is the first time that Lionel Messi has not won the award since 2006 despite scoring 56 goals for club and country and being adjudged as the best player at the recently concluded World Cup.
Di Maria helped his former club Real Madrid win the much coveted “La Decima” and the Copa del Ray last season and was instrumental in Argentina reaching the final at the World Cup.
Di Maria moved to United in the summer becoming the most expensive Premier League signing of all time in the process with the club paying upwards of £60million on him. He has already become an integral part of the setup at the club scoring 3 goals in his first 5 appearances including a brilliant chip in the 5-3 loss to Leicester City.