Juventus winger Angel Di Maria wants to finish his playing career where it started, back in Argentina with Rosario Central.
Di Maria, 34, joined Rosario as a four-year-old, spending the next 15 years with the club before a starring performance in the Under-20 World Cup saw Benfica come knocking.
His move to Benfica was the beginning of a remarkable European career, where he proceeded to play for Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain before landing in Italy with Juventus.
Despite all his success in Europe, Di Maria spoke about his desire to return to his roots in an interview with former player Ezequiel Lavezzi, who represented Argentina on the international stage 51 times between 2007 and 2016.
"I'd like to go back to Rosario," he said. "I know it's difficult... but it's as I always say – the dream of all those in Argentina is to come and play in Europe, mine is to return one day to wear the Rosario Central shirt.
"It's reality, I've always said it. If I get the chance, I'd love to."
Rosario currently sit 19th in the 28-team top division in Argentina, and with little spending power, it would require a massive pay cut to become a reality.
"Mi sueño es volver a vestir la camiseta de @RosarioCentral"— CONMEBOL.com (@CONMEBOL) October 25, 2022
¡ Di María tiene un objetivo claro para el cierre de su carrera!
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