In Messi's Shadow, Argentine Fans Find a New Hero to Worship

Argentine fans worship Lionel Messi but in recent days, they have found another hero in Angel di Maria.

updated: July 05, 2014 14:36 IST
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Angel di Maria has been an important part of Argentina's FIFA World Cup plans.


Buenos Aires: Argentina has been disjointed at the World Cup, relying heavily on Lionel Messi for its goals and a couple of narrow escapes. Messi's fellow forwards, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero, have fumbled, and after Aguero was injured, his replacement, Ezequiel Lavezzi, played poorly enough that he was substituted.

But in recent days, it is not Messi who has monopolized the front pages of the nation's newspapers, but rather the gaunt face of his midfield partner, Angel di Maria.

Di Maria is emerging alongside Messi as Argentina's key to winning the World Cup.

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