The 26-year-old winger has left the Santiago Bernabeu for Old Trafford and, as he moves on, we asked fans for their favourite memories of the Argentine in SpainBy Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer
Angel Di Maria is the man of the moment. The Argentine winger has now completed a €75 million move to Manchester United, leaving Real Madrid fans in disappointment as they prepare for life without one of the club's most popular players.
Di Maria moved to Madrid from Benfica in 2010 and made 190 appearances for the Spanish side, scoring 36 goals and assisting 72 in his four years at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Many of those were wonderful and we asked on Twitter earlier for fans to tweet their favourite memory of the 26-year-old winger at Real Madrid, using the #DiMariaMoment hashtag.
| 1) THE DRIBBLE THAT CLINCHED LA DECIMA IN LISBON
It will certainly be the long-lasting memory of many madridistas and on Sunday, Xabi Alonso tweeted: "Thanks for everything, 'Fideo'! We will always remember your zig-zag in Lisbon!"
He was the one made La Decima possible #DiMariaMoment— Andre Espinosa (@espinosandre_) August 26, 2014
|2) EMBARRASSING PUYOL AT CAMP NOU
Di Maria turned the Catalan defender inside out in the Barca box and forced a fine save out of goalkeeper Jose Pinto before Cristiano Ronaldo turned home the rebound in a 3-1 win which sent Madrid to the Copa del Rey final. Puyol was never the same again.
|3) SETTING UP WINNER IN 2011 COPA DEL REY FINAL
With the deadlock yet to be broken in extra-time, the Argentine whipped a wonderful curling cross into the area with his left foot from deep and Cristiano Ronaldo rose to head home the only goal at Mestalla.
"When Di Maria came to Spain, people didn't know why," Mourinho said later in 2011. "Now they know."
|4) 'RABONA' ASSIST FOR RONALDO AGAINST COPENHAGEN4(|
It says much for Di Maria that he has turned his biggest weakness into a major strenth. At Benfica, he scored a goal with a 'rabona'; at Madrid he used the technique often too and although it was not always successful, it was wonderful when it came off.
|5) FORCING VALDES MISTAKE IN SUPERCOPA|
The Argentine nicked the ball off the Barca goalkeeper's feet, dribbled past the Catalan and slotted into the empty net to give Madrid a second goal which turned out to be vital as Real won 2-1 at the Bernabeu to take the trophy on away goals.
|6) WONDER GOAL AGAINST TOTTENHAM
But Di Maria put paid to those thoughts as he cut inside the right-hand corner of the box, sidestepped his marker and unleashed an unstoppable diagonal drive with his left foot which sailed past Heurelho Gomes on its way to the top corner. The Bernabeu erupted and Madrid went on to win 4-0, adding another 1-0 victory in London to qualify comfortably for the last four.
|7) SUPERB SHOW IN 6-2 WIN OVER SEVILLA
The Argentine threaded a beautiful ball through two defenders to set up Ronaldo for the first goal, lofted another precise pass over the Sevilla back line to find Jose Callejon for the second and added one himself later on when he raced away down the left and cut inside to beat the goalkeeper with a low finish.
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