Di Maria, winner of the World Cup in Qatar, returned to his first European club after 13 years.
This Argentine arrived in Benfica for the first time in 2007 and stayed for three years, when he left Rosario where he started his football career.
Benfica was his first foreign experience. After that he played for Real, Manchester United, PSG and Juventus.
In the previous season, he played for Juventus, where he played 40 matches and scored eight goals.