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Lionel Messi on gesture dedicated at Van Gaal during World Cup

Lionel Messi on gesture dedicated at Van Gaal during World Cup

Lionel Messi opens his celebration for Louis Van Gaal during the Argentina vs Netherlands match at the World Cup.

Lionel Messi led Argentina to their third World Cup triumph in Qatar over a year ago. Despite a brilliant effort from France, Lionel Messi’s side won 4-2 on penalties to win the title for the first time in 36 years. During the competition, the great Argentinians experienced a roller coaster of emotions. His actions and reactions, particularly towards Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal, had been the subject of heated debate for some time now.

The match against the Netherlands was particularly close. Van Gaal criticized Messi’s style of play and his contributions off the ball before the match. This seemed to improve Messi’s performance, as he assisted on a goal and scored a penalty. He rejoiced by covering his ears with his hands, which he later regretted.

“I invented the ‘Topo Gigio’ (named after a cartoon character, a goal celebration in which a player puts his hands over his ears as a sign of challenging someone) and I automatically regretted it . ” declared Lionel Messi while speaking to Star+ Argentina.

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Argentina’s World Cup campaign began with an unexpected defeat against Saudi Arabia. This shook the confidence of supporters and players. Messi, on the other hand, has spearheaded his comeback. Although he missed a penalty, he scored against Mexico and later contributed to Poland’s triumph.

As soon as I did it, I thought, “What an idiot. They can still tie or win. These are things that usually happen. » » added Messi.

Players from both teams clashed in an ugly argument and the referee issued 14 yellow cards. Denzel Dumfries, the Netherlands right back, was sent off late in extra time. After Argentina won the World Cup, Louis van Gaal, the Dutch coach at the time, said that Messi’s team’s victory was “premeditated.”

Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 in the semi-final to gain revenge on the Balkans at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Argentina prevented France from retaining their title in the final. r. Frenchman Kylian Mbappé scored a hat-trick in the final, but Lionel Messi’s side won 4-2 on penalties against the double winners.

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