PSG winger Angel Di Maria claims he had to visit a psychologist after the Argentinian national team were targeted by online trolls.
Argentina have reached a World Cup final and two Copa America finals since 2014, however, they have failed to win a major tournament despite having a plethora of talent at their fingertips.
And with one of the best footballers of all-time in Lionel Messi at their disposal, Argentina are often criticised for failing to live up to their fans lofty expectations.
Having failed to reach their targets, Di Maria admits recent poor performances on the big stage have resulted in the Argentina players being targeted with memes.
Speaking with Tyc Sport in Argentina (via Marca), Di Maria claimed that abuse resulted in him visiting a psychologist to “unburden”.
“The memes to the players of the national team hurt us a lot, and it makes you think a lot, if you think about leaving it, it’s because of that, because you see the family suffer, because they give you support but also suffer for you.”
The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid star added, “The psychologist helped me a lot, to talk, to unburden.”
“Thanks to that I learned that it is easy to laugh behind a computer or cell phone, but only do that.”
“My head is fine now.”
Only time will tell if Argentina can silence their critics, with this summer’s World Cup in Russia offering the perfect platform.
In the meantime, Di Maria is on an electric run of form for PSG, having scored six goals and contributed five assists in Ligue 1.