Following Van Gaal’s statement about Argentina, the day Messi silenced him on the field
Louis Van Gaal has been known for his explosive character. The Dutch coach has a style, and one aspect of it is his way of speaking. In recent hours, it has come to light that Van Gaal insinuated that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was rigged for Messi and Argentina to win it, which has stirred controversy.
Netherlands lost to Argentina in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in a memorable match where tensions ran high between both teams. In an interview with NOS, the boss indicated that the way Argentina scored their goals and how several actions against them were not penalized, it all seemed premeditated.
However, the controversy escalated when he was asked if the tournament was favoring Messi to take the cup home with “La Albiceleste” to which the manager responded affirmatively.
It’s worth noting that before that match, Louis Van Gaal made a series of statements that added spice to the game, so Lionel Messi didn’t hesitate to respond on the field with this gesture.
Messi’s gesture to Van Gaal
It’s worth remembering that Van Gaal also had a little feud with Juan Román Riquelme in 2002 while he was playing for Barcelona and with Angel Di Maria during his time at Manchester United in 2014.
Image: Leo Messi celebrating his goal in front of Louis van Gaal's face. pic.twitter.com/UMZNDQoba8
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