“I was angry because Van Gaal disrespected me” – Messi

Lionel Messi, Argentina’s captain, has stated that he feels “disrespected” by Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal after  their 2022 World Cup quarter-final on Friday.

Argentina took a seemingly commanding 2-0 lead in the 73rd minute after Messi assisted Nahuel Molina’s first goal and then scored from the penalty spot.

But two late goals from Dutch substitute Wout Weghorst, the second off a free kick in the 11th minute of stoppage time, forced extra time and, eventually, a penalty shootout.

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"I was angry because Van Gaal disrespected me" - Messi

The contest, though, got increasingly heated. At one point Leandro Paredes blasted the ball in the direction of the Netherlands bench before Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk responded by knocking Paredes to the ground.

After his goal, Messi directed a celebration toward the Dutch coaching staff and then confronted Van Gaal after the match.

“I feel disrespected by Van Gaal after his pregame comments and some Dutch players spoke too much during the game,” Messi told reporters.

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Van Gaal had suggested ahead of the quarterfinal that Messi did little to help his team when they don’t have the ball.

Van Gaal tells people that he plays football, but all they do is strike long balls.”

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