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Former Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon insists Angel Di Maria could be as good as Maradona

‘Di Maria in Serie A, is like Maradona’: Former Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon insists his former PSG team-mate could be just as good as the Argentine legend in Serie A, if he joins The Old Lady

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Former Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon insists his former team-mate Angel Di Maria would be just as good as Diego Maradona if he moves to Juventus this summer.

Di Maria will leave Paris Saint-Germain for free at the end of his contract after seven seasons with the Ligue 1 club.

The 34-year-old is one of the most talked-about free agents available during the summer transfer window, with both Juventus and Barcelona interested in signing him.

Gianluigi Buffon insists Angel Di Maria would be just as good as Diego Maradona in Serie A

Gianluigi Buffon insists Angel Di Maria would be just as good as Diego Maradona in Serie A

Di Maria leaves Paris Saint-Germain for free at the end of his contract after seven seasons

Di Maria leaves Paris Saint-Germain for free at the end of his contract after seven seasons

Buffon, who spent one season alongside Di Maria in France in 2018/19, believes the former Real Madrid and Manchester United winger has the potential to become a new talisman at the Italian top, much like the late Maradona.

Maradona scored 81 goals in 188 appearances for Napoli in the Italian top league, winning the competition twice, the Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana and the UEFA Cup (now known as the Europa League).

The Italian goalkeeper told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Right now Di Maria is in Serie A just like Maradona. Am I clear?

Buffon believes his former teammate has the ability to become a new talisman

Buffon believes his former teammate has the ability to become a new talisman

Diego Maradona scored 81 goals in just 188 appearances for Napoli during his time in Italy

Diego Maradona scored 81 goals in just 188 appearances for Napoli during his time in Italy

“Football players should be valued given the context in which they play. The Serie A is technically worse these days and Angel has so much technique.

“He is decisive for the goal, he dribbles past his opponents so easily. He is good at assisting and running up and down the field.

He can play different roles. In a few words: he is a footballer.’

The 34-year-old Argentine scored 92 goals in 295 appearances for the French side, winning five league titles and nine domestic cups after a miserable year with Manchester United.

He was also a huge star during his stint with LaLiga giants Real Madrid and despite his age, Buffon insists he could be a great asset to The Old Lady.

Former Italy goalkeeper Buffon insists Di Maria would be a huge asset to The Old Lady

Former Italy goalkeeper Buffon insists Di Maria would be a huge asset to The Old Lady

“I’m 44, but I’m still playing,” Buffon added. ‘Age does not matter. Motivation and passion are much more important and so are determination. If Di Maria comes to Juventus, it means he is ready.

“We are talking about an exemplary professional, a nice guy, someone who never gives up and fights in matches and training. I repeat, for today’s Serie A he would be just like Maradona.

“At PSG I played with Neymar, a young Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verratti, but Di Maria was not inferior to them.

When he won the Decima in Madrid in 2014, he played with Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

“He was always a step back, but knew how to play as a winger, attacking midfielder and even mezzala.

“Whoever signs him, and I hope it’s Juve, makes a deal. We are talking about a champion and football needs champions.”



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