Angel Di Maria has said that it’s “much better” Paris Saint-Germain signed Lionel Messi rather than Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Argentinian also claims that his international teammate is “from another planet” and better than any player he has ever played with.
Messi officially joined PSG on Tuesday after he was unable to extend his Barcelona contract due to the club’s poor financial situation.
The 34-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the French giants. His terms also include the option of a further year.
And Di Maria has said that he is happy his club opted to sign Messi, and not his former Real Madrid teammate, Ronaldo.
“Messi is from another planet. You throw a stone at him and he would control it, he beats a man like it is nothing, he thinks quicker than anyone. I have never seen anything like it,” he told Argentinian TV channel TyC sports (via ESPN).
“I’ve played with Cristiano, Neymar, Mbappe, [Wayne] Rooney, [Robin] Van Persie, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Karim] Benzema, [Gareth] Bale and honestly I’ve never seen anything like him.
“The quality and quantity that PSG have now is unique. It doesn’t happen often at a club and the best players always want to be with the best. For sure Cristiano would like to be here, but they brought Messi and luckily, that’s much better.”
Messi’s departure from Barca means that Sergio Aguero will not get his wish of playing with his long-time friend.
Aguero joined from Manchester City on a free transfer and was looking forward to playing with Messi.
Di Maria was asked about the City legend, saying: “The worst thing is that [Aguero] has got injured again and will be out for a few weeks.
“That is the saddest thing because he had made such an effort with his knee, trying to recover, and be at a good level on his return… Let’s hope he can get better as soon as possible to show how good he really is.”
The 33-year-old has emphasised that Messi’s arrival in the French capital gives them a good chance at Champions League glory.
He said: “We always have the obligation to win the Champions League and now with the arrival of Messi we have to do it, come what may.
“It isn’t easy but we have a coaching staff who can make a great team and everyone knows what they have to do.”