Angel Di Maria’s wife has given her verdict on the winger’s nightmare experience in English football and labelled the city of Manchester as a ‘sh*thole’.
The Argentina international signed for Manchester United in a British transfer-record deal from Real Madrid six years ago but endured a disappointing spell in the Premier League, struggling to settle or replicate his previous form before leaving for Paris Saint-Germain after just a single season.
Di Maria’s wife, Jorgelina Cardoso, has now opened up on an experience she has described as ‘horrible’, blasting the city of Manchester as a ‘sh*thole’ in a bizarre rant that also slammed the city’s women and food.
“Angel played in what is, for me, the best team in the world. We were perfect; the weather was perfect and the food fantastic,” Cardoso said on Spanish morning TV show Los Angeles de la Manana.
“I remember Angel coming up and saying ‘an offer from Man United has come in. Maybe we’ll be a little more financially secure…’. We fought about it. I told him, not a chance, he could go on his own. ‘No, come on. Let’s go’, he replied.
“There was a lot of money involved, and afterwards, the Spanish were calling us money grabbers. And they were right! If you are working for a company and the competition comes along and offers to pay you double, you take it!
“I didn’t want to go to Manchester because at that moment in time, I was friends with Gianinna Maradona, who was married to Aguero, and we flew from Madrid to his house in Manchester to pay him a visit for two or three days when Angel had a few days off at Real Madrid.
“It was horrible! All of it was horrible. It was a sh*thole. We went to the house and we were like ‘see you later guys, we’re out of here’. When we left, I said to him, ‘go to any country – except England’.
“Anyway, one year later and there we were in England and it was horrible. I didn’t like anything about it, not a thing.
“The women are all pasty and white, skinny, prim and proper… weird. They are all dolled up to the nines, perfectly made up and there’s me with my hair in a bun and with no make-up on.
“You’re walking down the street and you don’t know if they’re going to kill you or what. The food’s disgusting.”