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Van Dijk refutes allegations of World Cup manipulation in favor of Messi

Virgil van Dijk, the captain of the Netherlands national team and Liverpool, has denied the claims made by his former coach Louis van Gaal that the World Cup in Qatar was rigged to benefit Lionel Messi.

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Virgil van Dijk, the captain of the Netherlands national team and Liverpool, has denied the claims made by his former coach Louis van Gaal that the World Cup in Qatar was rigged to benefit Lionel Messi.

Messi led Argentina to victory in the World Cup final, scoring two goals in a thrilling match against France.

The Netherlands were eliminated by Argentina in the quarter-finals of the tournament in a highly intense game.

Van Gaal, who resigned as head coach after the World Cup, raised eyebrows with his comments suggesting that Messi’s triumph was premeditated.

However, Van Dijk has strongly rejected these accusations, stating that he does not share the same opinion as his former coach.

When asked if he and the rest of the Dutch team support Van Gaal’s claims, Van Dijk simply responded with a “No.”

The quarter-final match between Argentina and the Netherlands was filled with controversy, with a total of 17 yellow cards and a red card for the Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries.

Despite this, Argentina managed to avoid any send-offs, while eight of their players received bookings.

The Netherlands made a remarkable comeback from being two goals down, forcing the game into extra time with a dramatic equalizer in stoppage time.

However, they were ultimately defeated in the penalty shootout, with Van Dijk and Steven Berghuis both having their penalties saved by Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Van Gaal’s comments about the World Cup being premeditated were made during the Eredivisie Awards, where he was honored for his contribution to Dutch football.

Van Dijk and the Netherlands are currently preparing for their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Greece and the Republic of Ireland.

They are currently in fourth place in their group, trailing leaders France by nine points but with two games in hand.

This article was updated 5 months ago

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