Dutch star hits back at Lionel Messi after World Cup confrontation

Wout Weghorst has opened up about his fight with Lionel Messi during the Netherlands’ loss to Argentina at the 2022 World Cup.

Coming on as a late substitute, Weghorst bagged a brace as Holland came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with the eventual champions and send their quarter-final clash to extra-time and penalties.

The striker’s second goal was particularly notable, coming from a clever free-kick with virtually the last kick of normal time.

But while the 30-year-old put away his spot kick, it was Messi’s side who won the shootout, before the two teams clashed on the pitch and in the tunnel following an extremely ill-tempered match, where a record number of yellow cards were shown.

It was widely reported that Weghorst had clashed with Messi and Sergio Aguero, with the Dutchman later explaining: ‘I wanted to shake his [Messi’s] hand after the match, but he smashed my hand away and didn’t want to speak with me.’

Weghorst has since returned to Besiktas, where he is on loan from Burnley, while Messi went onto lead Argentina to World Cup glory.

He scored in his first game back for the Turkish side on Wednesday, as they came from behind to win 4-2 against Sanliurfaspor, with former Everton and Tottenham flops Cenk Tosun and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou also getting on the scoresheet.

‘I still wonder how it would be. When I think of penalties, it will always be in my head. To be honest, I didn’t care who won the World Cup.’

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