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Di Maria hints on retirement from international football

Angel Di Maria appeared to point out that he has played his last game for Argentina in his home country after their win on Friday.

The 34-year-old scored his side’s second goal on Friday in Argentina’s 3-0 win over Venezuela in World Cup qualifiers.

Lionel Scaloni’s squad had already booked a place in Qatar, but the win cemented their second place in CONMEBOL qualifiers and extended their unbeaten run.

After the match, Di Maria took to Instagram to praise his teammates for their achievements and admitted that this was probably the last game he would play in the country in an Argentine shirt.

“I’m just going to say thank you for the immense love I’ve been given. I’ve always dreamed of everything I experienced on this beautiful night.

“It was probably my last game in this shirt in Argentina. And to say it was a great night is an understatement.

‘Thank you, thank you and a thousand times thank you.

“Now if I want to congratulate the whole team on the great game that has been played. A perfect match of all.

‘Keep growing and dreaming together. Let’s go to Argentina!!!’

It is unclear whether the winger will be part of Argentina’s squad that will travel to Qatar in November.

The PSG man suggested Friday’s clash was his last in Argentina, but did not seem to rule out a participation in this year’s World Cup.

His national and club team-mate Lionel Messi also hinted that he was approaching the end of his international career after the game.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner said he will reconsider his future in football later this year, admitting that “a lot of things are likely to change”.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do after the World Cup. I’m thinking about what’s to come,” Messi said. “After Qatar I will have to reconsider many things.”

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been happy here, since I won the Copa. I am grateful for all this that they make me feel every time I come to Argentina,” said Messi.

Asked if he will continue with the national team after Qatar, Messi, who will turn 35 in June, said: “I don’t know, the truth is I don’t know. I think of what’s to come, what’s close, Ecuador (on Tuesday). The preparatory matches in June and September.’

‘Let’s hope these go as smoothly as possible. But a lot will certainly change after the World Cup.’

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