Former Netherlands coach Van Gaal says World Cup was “set up” for Lionel Messi’s win

Former Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal made a strong statement last Monday night (4), about the World Cup in Qatar by stating that the competition was ‘set up’ for Lionel Messi and Argentina to win.

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During the award ceremony of the Dutch Championship (Eredivisie), Van Gaal was not afraid to point out an alleged favoritism towards the Argentines in Qatar.

“When you see how Argentina scores goals and how we score goals. When you see how some Argentine players crossed the line without being penalized, I think it was all a premeditated game”, he began by saying, before being asked by a journalist if the Cup had been ‘set up’ for Messi to win for the first time. “I mean everything I say by that. “I think so (Copa made for Messi to win). But I’ve said enough,” he added.

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Argentina and the Netherlands faced each other in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar. In regular time, a 2-2 draw in a game filled with disagreements and controversies. One of the controversies was precisely between Van Gaal and Messi.

The then coach of the Oranges had said in a pre-match press conference that Messi “did not touch the ball” in the 2014 World Cup semi-final, but the Netherlands ended up defeated on penalties.

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