Angel Di Maria: $99 mn man was first bought for 30 footballs!

Aug 28 2014, 08:31 IST
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Manchester United broke the British transfer-fee record by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for $99 million. (AP) Manchester United broke the British transfer-fee record by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for $99 million. (AP)
SummaryAt Manchester United, Angel Di Maria is expected to be handed the iconic No 7 shirt.

Manchester United broke the British transfer-fee record by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) on Tuesday, extending a summer spending spree that was sparked by its most disappointing season in a generation.

Here's all you want to know about Argentine winger Angel Di Maria:

* Ángel Fabián di María Hernández was picked up by Rosario Central in 1995. He was bought in exchange for 30 footballs from a local club

* Due to his skinny physique, Di Maria is nicknamed Fideo, or the Noodle

* Born: February 14, 1988 in Rosario, Argentina; weight: 75 kg

height: 1.80 m

* Di María is married to Jorgelina and has a daughter, Mia.

* Before he left Argentina to play for Benfica, Di Maria and six of his childhood friends had the same tattoo inked on their left forearm — "To be born in El Perdriel is the best thing that has ever happened in my life"

* Last season, Di Maria led Real Madrid in assists with 17

n At the World Cup, he led Argentina with 24 shots and 187 attacking-third touches. He also created more chances than Lionel Messi

* At Manchester United, he is expected to be handed the iconic number seven shirt, worn by George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo

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