“I always call Messi a dwarf. Not at first, but when we became friends I started calling him like this,” Angel Di Maria told Argentinian news outlet TyC Sports.
“I treat him as one of us, how he likes to be treated. He does not like the ‘show’, that’s why he always gets along better with people who treat him as an equal and make him feel that way.
“Because if you treat him for what he is, an alien, you still have him in that bubble that he doesn’t like, because he likes to be able to share moments, go to eat barbecue, have mates, have a good time, laugh.
“In the press I say that he is an alien because he is, he is the best in the world, but at the end of the day for us he is Leo, he is the dwarf and we treat him that way.”
They know each other for over a decade, since the 2008 Olympic Games when Messi assisted Di Maria for the winning goal in the final.
Since then, they have played in almost 100 games for Argentina together. Now, they are also teammates at Paris Saint-Germain.