Wout Weghorst Defends Lionel Messi & Argentina From Louis van Gaal’s ‘Biased’ World Cup Claims- “They Deserved To Win”

Published 12/20/2023, 10:26 AM EST

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Lionel Messi has surprisingly received the support of the same individual, he had an ugly altercation with at the FIFA World Cup 2022. That player is none other than the Dutch striker Wout Weghorst, who recently came forward to defend the 36-year-old and the Argentina squad against the claims made by his own coach, Louis van Gaal.

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A few months ago, Louis van Gaal voiced his opinion that Argentina’s triumph in the World Cup was predetermined. He went as far as suggesting that the players from Argentina were given preferential treatment during their encounter with the Netherlands. As for Weghorst, he offered a contrasting perspective.

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In a recent interview, Wout Weghorst explicitly disagreed with his coach’s statements, casting doubt on the alleged bias in the World Cup. The 31-year-old stated, “Van Gaal’s words about the bias towards Argentina? No, frankly, I don’t agree with Van Gaal. I heard what he said but I don’t see it that way.” 

The forward then delved into the specifics of the quarter-final match between the Netherlands and Argentina. He recounted, “We equalized in the tenth minute of stoppage time with a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. If it were the other way around, the referee wouldn’t have given that free kick.” 

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At last, he further added, “In the end, they deserved to win the World Cup.” This statement may come as a s surprise to many particularly given their heated altercation after the quarter-final match. The clash between the two players went viral, with Messi telling Weghorst “Que Mira Bobo,” which translates to “What are you looking at you fool?”

It seems like on the first anniversary of Lionel Messi’s World Cup victory, many are once again praising his extraordinary achievement. Before Weghorst’s statement, a French soccer legend also commended the Inter Miami star’s remarkable performances on the grandest stage.

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French legend Youri Djorkaeff recently talked about Lionel Messi’s performance at the 2022 World Cup and deemed it a deserving performance for his record-breaking 8th Ballon d’Or. In his words, “After what Messi did in the 2022 World Cup, he deserved the Ballon d’Or 1,000 times.” 

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Djorkaeff expressed that La Pulga’s contribution to the Argentina team was unparalleled, stating that “just one player carried this team.” Even after a year has passed, it looks like Messi and Argentina’s World Cup victory remains a vivid and unforgettable memory.

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My name is Saransh Chauhan and I am an experienced soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With over a year of experience at EssentiallySports, I have covered various aspects of the magnificent sport. While I strive to provide comprehensive coverage of core sports topics, I also explore off-court and entertainment subjects.
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