Did Angel Di Maria create himself? Or did he choose to look like ‘beautified Smeagol’.

Real Madrid sold Angel Di Maria to Manchester United because he was “too ugly” to play for them, former Barcelona coach Carles Rexach has claimed.

Di Maria joined United from Real for £59.7m in the summer after helping Carlo Ancelotti’s side win the Champions League, but Rexach made the bizarre claim that the real reason he was sold was because he didn’t fit in with the Galacticos’ pretty boy image.

Rexach, who played for Barcelona and coached the side in 2001, says Madrid president Florentino Perez is trying to sell an “international brand” – and that includes having good looking players in their squad.

He told Spanish media outlet Regio7:

“Florentino Perez looks at the world market and wants a team of Galacticos for everyone to admire. Do you understand what I mean?