Messi would have no problem working with Mourinho, says Di Maria

The Manchester United man could see his compatriot work with his former Real Madrid coach, and also had his say on the comparisons between the Barcelona star and Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria believes Barcelona star Lionel Messi would be happy to work with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Camp Nou side in recent months and Chelsea are among the clubs reportedly keeping a close eye on the prolific attacker’s situation.

Having worked with both Messi and Mourinho, Di Maria has little doubt the two could work together if his compatriot were ever to make the move to Stamford Bridge, even though he expects him to stay at his current club.

“I don’t think Messi would have any problem working with Mourinho,” Di Maria told the official Fifa website.

“But in principle, I don’t think Leo wants to leave Barcelona. It’s hard to walk away from a club that’s given you everything, where you effectively grew up.”

The former Madrid midfielder then went on to discuss comparisons between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, stressing that the two are different types of players.

“I always say the same thing: that they’re two completely different players.

“Leo features in every game, making short bursts and nonchalantly dribbling past one, two or three players with great ball control in tight spaces.

“Cristiano is more about power and long range shots, they’re different.

“If I were Fifa, I’d have two Ballon d’Or prizes, one for that pair to fight over, and another for everyone else.”

Messi and Ronaldo have won the past seven editions of the Ballon d’Or among them, with Kaka as the last winner of the prestigious individual trophy in 2007 before the start of the duo’s hegemony.

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