Di Maria: Ibrahimovic on the same level as Messi & Ronaldo

The winger has been blown away by his new team-mate’s technique and movement, while he has also been hugely impressed by Marco Verratti’s potential

Paris Saint-Germain’s new signing Angel Di Maria now believes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the same technical level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Di Maria is a team-mate of Messi’s for Argentina, while he spent four seasons playing alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid before departing for Manchester United last year.

However, having now been given the opportunity to work with Ibrahimovic at the Parc des Princes, Di Maria is convinced that the Sweden international is as gifted as both Messi and Ronaldo.

“As you know, I have had the chance to play with Leo, Cristiano and [United captain] Rooney, but now Ibra,” the 27-year-old told Le Parisien.

“Frankly, I am impressed by the quality of his technique and his movement. He’s on the same level as Leo and CR7.”

Di Maria also revealed that he has been bowled over by the potential of PSG’s 22-year-old Italy midfielder Marco Verratti.

“He is also is an awesome player,” the winger added. “In addition, he is still very young and can go very far.”

Given the quality at Laurent Blanc’s disposal in the French capital, Di Maria is confident that PSG are capable of winning this season’s Champions League – despite being placed in a tricky looking group alongside Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo.

“We have many good players, we have a lot of ambition and I have come to help this team, like others before me, win this competition,” he added.

“It’s possible for us to win our group, too, but it will be complicated.

“I think we will have to be perfect at home because it will be difficult to win away in this group.

“There is no miracle recipe for beating Madrid either. One of the important things is not to make any mistakes because, let’s face it, they are a team of very talented players with lots of experience.

“This is what happened in Paris last season against Barcelona in the quarter-finals, with two mistakes costing them dearly.

“With Madrid, it is the same. But if the Spaniards make mistakes, with our team, we can make them pay very badly.

“As I often say, to win the Champions League, you need a little luck, to play the best games possible and also rely on a close-knit group. The latter is one of the most important conditions.”

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