Barcelona’s assistant Director of Football Carles Rexach has incredibly claimed Real Madrid sold Angel di Maria to Manchester United because he was too ugly.
Di Maria joined Man United in a £59m move last summer following a hugely impressive season in Spain where the Argentine won the Man of the Match award in the Champions League final as Madrid triumphed over Atletico Madrid and he also helped his country reach the World Cup final.
Despite such a strong season, Madrid sold Di Maria and replaced him with the likes of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos in what was one of the biggest moves of the summer.
Speaking on the record, Rexach insisted he believed Di Maria and former manager Vincent del Bosque were both moved on because they weren’t good looking enough.
“[Madrid president] Florentino Perez looks at the world market and wants a team of Galacticos for everyone to admire,” Rexach said.
“Do you understand what I mean? [Cristiano] Ronaldo is the flagship of the club. Perez is selling an international brand.
“Vicente del Bosque and Di Maria are too ugly for Real Madrid. They are different from Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.”
As far as wild claims go, Rexach’s is up there with the best of them and the fact he is affiliated with Barcelona might just have something to do with it. The claims sound more like a playground war of words than anything else.
It will be a sad state of affairs if the day ever comes where football clubs determine their transfer strategy on the looks of a player rather than their qualities on the pitch.