The Netherlands put on a great show, especially led by Denzel Dumfries who scored a goal and two assists against the United States. However, Argentina, who later played the Dutch, also managed to overcome Australia with a great Lionel Andrés Messi playing his 1,000th game as a professional. He was the leader with a goal, and being in each of the dangerous actions. He provided three assists for Lautaro Martínez who was unable to score, and broke a scoring drought in other World Cup phases.
Argentina will face off against the Netherlands in a definitive series as it is in this case, the quarterfinals of the World Cup. The last one was in the semifinals in Brazil 2014, and the game was won by the Albiceleste in the definition from the penalty spot. This will be the opportunity for Lionel Messi to lift his first World Cup at the age of 35, knowing that it could be his last adventure with the Argentine team.
Rafael van der Vaart is an authoritative voice to talk about the Netherlands and facing Lionel Andrés Messi in the matches between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Shocks sparked off, and although Lionel continues to be one of the most iconic names in football worldwide, the Dutchman put his finger on the current Messi, pointing out that he is not at the best moment of his career very different from the Argentine than he is. had to face in the past.
As a preview of that confrontation, Rafael van der Vaart mentioned that Lionel Messi at 35 years old is not the unstoppable he was a few years ago, “This Messi? I played against ‘El Messi’ and, believe me, I was screaming for my mother. Back then, he was so good that he couldn’t stop it. Right now, yes, you can stop it ”, he kept in dialogue with the NOS chain.
Last year, Rafael van der Vaart had already lashed out at Lionel Messi, calling his leisurely game and walking on the pitch shameful. “Messi walks around the field from time to time and I think: aren’t you ashamed?” In addition, he maintained that, “I’m starting to get annoyed with Messi. And that’s a shame, because such a player will never be born again.”