Rafael van der Vaart, former Real Madrid player


An ex of Madrid misses Leo Messi

Published:4/12/2022 - 10:59h

Updated:4/12/2022 - 10:59h

Rafael van der Vaart, always critical of Leo Messi, took the opportunity to warm up the Argentina-Netherlands preview for the World Cup quarterfinals. For the former Real Madrid midfielder, the '10' is no longer the same as before

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Leo Messi gives firm steps with Argentina to reach a new final of the Glass of the World, but to the '10' never is missing him a critic that try to minimise his attainments inside the field. With three goals and an assistance in four parties, the forward is, definitely, one of the best of the World-wide up to now, but Rafael go der Vaart, eternal 'hater' of the 'crack', trusts that the player of 35 years will not be able to delete to his selection in quarter-finals.

"This Messi? I played against 'The Messi' and, believe me, screamed praying by my mother. By then, he was so good that could not stop it. Right now, yes you can stop it", it said the ex mediocentro of the Real Madrid after the Argentina-Australia (2-1) in the television chain 'US'. Certainly, the ex Dutch player, sub champion in South Africa 2010, suffered to Leo when the rosarino exploded like the best of the world in 2009.

'Rafa' contested 75 parties with the Real Madrid in the seasons 2008/09 and 2009/10, when the FC Barcelona won everything with Pep Guardiola in the bench. The ex player ingresó in the minute 71 in the historical 2-6 that the Barça lumbered with to the Madrid in 2009, when Leo shined for the first time as 'false 9'. From here that Go der Vaart always reserve some 'dart' for a Messi that it still keeps on being the best, by far, of his country.

It does a year, the one of Heemskerk already had done of less to the '10' after his toneless start of season with Paris Saint-Germain. "Messi walks from time to time by the field and think: it does not give you shame? I am beginning to bother me with Leo. And this is a penalty, because a player like this never will go back to be born", commented when the Argentinian struggled to adapt to the PSG after his rugged exit of the Barça.

Messi expects to delete again to Low Countries

The Friday, Leo and the 'albiceleste' will look for to reedit the success obtained in front of the 'orange' in 2014. In the semis of the World-wide of Brazil, the sudamericanos imposed in penaltis after a dramatic 0-0 in the 120 statutory minutes. Louis go Gaal also directed then to the 'tulips', by what will look for revancha in a duel with a lot of history. Low countries threw to Argentina in quarter-finals in France 1998 (2-1), avenging the defeat in the final of 1978 in front of the then host (3-1).

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