Jorgelina Cardoso and Ángel Di María with Pía and Mía, their daughters, in Paris
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hero of the end of the America Cup against Brazilquestioned on many occasions, angel di maria is next to Lionel Messi the great reference that this Argentine team has led by Lionel Scaloni, who will seek to win that cup that everyone wants, the World Cup. The times of the Noodle in the National Team were not always as bright and positive as now, and when the criticism rained down it was Jorgelina Cardoso who always put the face.

Jorgelina Cardoso and Ángel Di María with Pía and Mía, their daughters, in ParisInstagram @jorgelinacardoso26

It is that when it comes to defending her own, the wife of Ángel Di María could calmly get a position in the central duo from Cuti Romero or Nicolás Otamendi. Rosario has always accompanied the career of the father of her daughters and she was always there, even from a distance, to accompany him in the most complicated moments in her history in the National Team.

It was 2009. After a great time at Rosario Central, Ángel had achieved the dream of many footballers: the long-awaited transfer abroad. Stationed in Portugal, defending the Benfica shirt (without even dreaming that clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United would fight over his talent), a cousin of the footballer, who lived in Madrid at the time, I introduce you.

Distance was the big problem for the fledgling couple, who made their first contacts via email. They went from emails to chats, and then after seeing that they got along and that there was chemistry between them, they decided to take the next step and meet in person. It didn’t take long for little angel invited her to move to Portugal to live with him.

Ángel de María and Jorgelina Cardoso were married in 2011 in Rosario, where the forward emerged in football
Ángel de María and Jorgelina Cardoso were married in 2011 in Rosario, where the forward emerged in football Instagram @jorgelinacardoso26

Likewise, their coexistence in the Portuguese country did not last long, since Real Madrid knocked on the doors, and with an offer of 25 million euros on the table, the talent from Rosario moved to the Santiago Bernabeu. Jorgelina and Ángel moved to live together in Madrid.

At that time, the history of Di María and the National Team was full of ups and downs. With the nickname of future crack and a goal in the final of the 2008 Olympic Games, everything seemed to lead Fideo to be one of the benchmarks of the Argentine team. However, his short time in Argentine soccer and the fact that the Portuguese league was not the most watched made many question the importance of Ángel in the selected one.

It was his arrival in Madrid and the support of Diego Maradona, at that time the national team’s coach, that led him to the World Cup. “They resisted Di María, but I told the kid that I was going to die with him,” said Pelusa in an interview with Fernando Niembro in the days before the 2010 World Cup.

The elimination of the Cup, including a win against Germany, and a year later the failed Copa América in the country (with an elimination on penalties against Uruguay) made many of the players of that team, including angel di maria Y Lionel Messithey will be in the eye of the storm.

Despite everything, Jorgelina remained firm with him, and in the face of each criticism, Fideo’s wife used social networks (which at that time were far from being as popular as they are now) to confront anyone who dared to rant against the. Of course, the commitment between them was such that a month before the elimination with Celeste, on June 30, 2011, Ángel and Jorgelina went down the aisle and gave the “Yes” definitive. At that time he was 23 years old and she was 29.

The ceremony took place in the Rosario Cathedral, with 200 guests. The after party was held in one of the Metropolitan halls and was organized by Claudia Villafañe.

It was two years later, on April 22, 2013, that Mía, the first daughter of Ángel Di María and Jorgelina Cardoso, arrived. A fact that caused absolute joy, but also one of the most complicated moments that the couple had to experience in their history. It is that the little girl was born by caesarean section with only six months of gestation and the doctors explained that the possibility of survival they were really few.

The little girl was hospitalized for two months. In that time, she received sporadic visits from her parents, who were able to see her for a few brief minutes a day. The journey between the hospital and her house was endless. Despite the fact that before she was born, she alone had a 30% chance of survival according to doctorsin June 2013 he received the long-awaited discharge.

It was there that the 2014 World Cup arrived. Ángel was already consolidated in Alejandro Sabella’s team, however, the criticism against him and his teammates was constant. Switzerland was the opponent in the round of 16. After a tough group stage, the National Team had to go into extra time, after drawing 0-0 in 90 minutes. When everything seemed that they were going to reach penalties, Di María scored the goal that took Argentina to the quarterfinals in the 118th minute and began a streak that would take the team to the final.

In an interview with La Peña de Morfi, Jorgelina Cardoso revealed that she made a list of journalists who criticized Ángel Di María
In an interview with La Peña de Morfi, Jorgelina Cardoso revealed that she made a list of journalists who criticized Ángel Di María

Ángel would miss the final that day due to injury. However, as always, in the hours before, Jorgelina herself came out to support him and remembered all those who criticized her husband in difficult moments. “Regardless of winning or not, we are already in the WORLD CUP FINAL. An achievement that with great pleasure I dedicate to people who said that ‘without the people’s player’ they didn’t make it through the first round, people who game by game said ‘they didn’t play against anyone today, that’s why they won’, people who said that playing like this’ so bad’ we did not pass the eighth, people who spent time criticizing players and to date have been applauded by the entire stadium, ”he wrote on his networks.

The final could not be. Mario Gotze settled the game in extra time and left the National Team unable to turn around, all with Ángel watching from the bench without being able to play.

November 2017. Arrived pia, the second daughter and until now, the last member of the couple. During that time, Ángel and his family had first moved to Manchester and then to Paris to play in the psg.

In Qatar, Di María will play a new World Cup that, as Messi announced, may be the last (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
In Qatar, Di María will play a new World Cup that, as Messi announced, may be the last (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)Kamran Jebreili – AP

Fideo spent several negative moments with the National Team in those years. Two lost finals with Chile in the Copa América, a controversial elimination from the 2018 World Cup, and various scandals made many think that Fideo’s time with the light blue and white was over, but lionel scaloni trusted him and took him to Brazil in the America’s Cup 2021.

The rest is history, Ángel scored an unforgettable goal against the yellow green team and became the hero of the final. Always questioned, always defended by Jorgelina, Today Di María is immersed in what will surely be his last World Cupknowing that they are waiting for him at home again, ready to celebrate, as happened last year.

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