Lionel Messi on Actions After World Cup Win vs. Netherlands: I Didn’t Like What I Did

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 30, 2023

LUSAIL CITY, QATAR - DECEMBER 09: Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scorng a penalty during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Quarterfinal match between Netherlands and Argentina at Lusail Stadium on December 09, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Stephen McCarthy - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi wants a mulligan on his celebration after scoring against the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“I knew what [Netherlands coach Louis] Van Gaal had said but it [the goal celebration] happened on the spur of the moment,” he said on Perros de la Calle (via ESPN’s Adriana Garcia).

“I didn’t like what I did. I didn’t like what happened after. These are moments of nervousness and everything happens very quickly.”

Messi tucked away a penalty in the 73rd minute to put Argentina ahead. He then ran toward Van Gaal and the Dutch bench before stopping and placing his hands to his ears.


Lionel Messi really celebrated right in front of Louis van Gaal and the Netherlands bench 🥶

Leading up to the match, Van Gaal posited how Messi was “the most dangerous creative player” but that he “doesn’t participate much” when his team isn’t in possession.

This article will be updated soon to provide more information and analysis.

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