Lionel Messi was able to have the recognition that he did not have from the Dutch coach: while he was giving a note to TyC Sports, the captain of the Argentine National Team was surprised by Zlakto Dalic, a Croatian coach, who broke into the broadcast and went to congratulate him.
“I congratulate Argentina on the victory. We have to raise our heads, I can’t blame my players for anything. Now we must fight for third place. They deserved the victory”, was one of the phrases that Dalic left.
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But after the match ended and the great gesture he had with Messi was given in the middle of the mixed zone, where they both shook hands and the coach left him a congratulations. And not only that, later in a conference he also left several compliments to the Argentine 10.
“Messi’s quality has decided the game. I don’t think there is much more to say about his talent… he has been the best player in the world in the last 15 years. Today he has been very dangerous and his quality has marked the course of the game. He is playing to the maximum, he is the Messi that we expected to see, ”said the Croatian who in 2018 led his team to the final.
A statement and gesture that exalts Dalic and that in turn marks the respect that Messi earned in the world of football. And that in turn leaves the Van Gaal and Wout Weghorst exposed, the Dutch forward who last Friday right there in the mixed zone took the “what are you looking at, silly?” that became a meme and will remain as one of the most remembered moments of the World Cup in Qatar.
Meanwhile, Dalic also took the opportunity to highlight the great World Cup for his Croatia, with which he has a contract until Euro 2024.
“We lost the match and I have nothing to object to regarding the boys. They gave themselves and gave their best during this tournament. We have achieved a lot of things in Croatia, we have players with a lot of potential and this generation will gradually retire with Euro 2024…”, he concluded. Dalic