Angel di Maria beats Lionel Messi to Argentine Player of the Year award...despite scoring 47 goals less than the Barcelona forward

Di Maria was crucial in Real Madrid's Champions League run as well as Argentina's strong showing at the World Cup

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Lionel Messi has scored 57 goals in 2014 for club and country, been named the best player at the World Cup and become the record goalscorers in both La Liga and Champions League history.

So you’d forgive him for being a little shocked when he heard that Angel di Maria had won the Argentine Player of the Year award.

Perhaps it’s time for a change, given that Messi has won the award each year since 2006 when it was won by Juan Sebastian Veron in the last year that it was awarded to a sole player – it’s now shared between the best domestic player and the best Argentine in the world.

This is no slant on Di Maria’s year. The winger was instrumental in getting Real Madrid to the Champions League final where they secured the famous Decima, while he was also in good form in Brazil where he scored the extra-time winner against Switzerland in the last-16.

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Lionel Messi has scored 57 goals so far in 2014

Di Maria also made a strong start to his Manchester United career following his £59.7m move, although injury has halted that run of form in recent weeks. However, despite scoring 47 goals less than Messi, he appears to have done enough to be crowned the 2014 king of Argentinian football.

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Angel di Maria and Lionel Messi

If only there was a video that compares the two players…oh wait of course there is. Thankfully, YouTube user MTSproducti S has compiled a video of their best moments over the last year, and you can sit back and watch the 8:54 of brilliance below.

 

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