Di María admits he has played his final home game for Argentina
Friday's 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Venezuela at La Bombonera was likely the last time Ángel Di María will play for the national team on home soil.
Ángel Di María thanked Argentina fans after playing what he expects to be his final international match on home soil. Di María scored one and created another in a 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Venezuela at La Bombonera on Friday – the Albiceleste's 30th consecutive match without defeat.
Messi set up
Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Lionel Messi was the beneficiary of Di María's assist and, with Argentina already sure of their place in Qatar, suggested after the match he would consider his international future following the World Cup. Di María was slightly more definitive in his own post-match comments, as the 34-year-old reflected on "a wonderful night".
"I'm just going to say thank you for the enormous love I have received," he wrote on his Instagram page. "I always dreamed of everything I lived on this beautiful night. It was probably my last match with this shirt in Argentina, and being able to say that it was a wonderful night is an understatement. Thank you, thank you and a thousand times thank you. Now to congratulate the whole team for the great match that was played, a perfect match by all. We continue growing and dreaming together. Let's go Argentina!!!"
Di María has earned 121 caps and scored 24 goals since his Argentina debut against Paraguay in 2008. The former Real Madrid and Manchester United winger is in line to go to his fourth World Cup, although he has scored only twice and failed to provide an assist across 13 appearances in the previous three. In his final major tournament, Di María will hope to repeat his Copa América heroics, having scored in July's final against Brazil to secure Argentina their first silverware with Messi in the side.
Friday's assist for Messi was Di María's first in qualifying for Qatar – from 13 chances created – yet only the captain and Lautaro Martínez (both seven) can top his three goals in this campaign.