Lionel Messi startled fans when he was heard yelling at an opponent during his post-match interview during their World Cup quarter-final, and newly discovered footage has shown that it was Wout Weghorst.
Messi and team met the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar. Wout Weghorst’s brace restored a two-goal advantage late in the game at the Lusail Stadium.
But, tensions erupted during the penalty shootout, with Denzel Dumfries even being sent off following penalties. And it prompted Messi to exclaim in his post-match interview: “What are you staring at, you moron? Get on over there!”
Initially, it was unknown who Messi was ranting at, but a recent video has shown it was Manchester United loanee – who was still at Besiktas at the time – Weghorst.
Weghost is seen waiting in the mixed zone when he catches Messi’s attention mid-interview. Messi then returns to the locker room, where Weghorst extends a handshake only to be turned down by the Argentine.
Weghorst then fumes to Laurtrao Martinez: “I was waiting for him and wanted to give him a hand. And he’s doing that? That’s disrespectful.” The Dutchman is then pushed away by future team-mate Lisandro Martinez.
Weghorst was the breakout hero of the Netherlands that evening, and his brace nearly ruined Messi’s World Cup hopes.
Messi, speaking about the incident in January, told he wasn’t too happy with himself for his actions: “I don’t like this picture.
“I don’t like what I did. There was a lot of tension and it came out naturally. A lot had happened with this player and two others during the match. It came out naturally. I don’t like this image.”
Wout Weghorst has a bad night thanks to Kylian Mbappe, as eight Manchester United players appear.
On Friday, eight Manchester United players were on international duty.
Tyrell Malacia and Wout Weghorst of Manchester United both participated in the Netherlands’ 4-0 defeat by France in their inaugural Euro 2024 qualifying match on Friday night in Paris.
The Reds duo came off the bench either side of halftime in the first game of Ronald Koeman’s second tenure as manager, and they were put to the test by the 2022 World Cup runners-up. Antoine Griezmann and Dayot Upamecano’s goals in the opening eight minutes gave the home team a dominating advantage, and Kylian Mbappe’s goal with 22 minutes left made it 3-0.
After only 33 minutes, Weghorst was substituted in for the inexperienced Kenneth Taylor.
With only three minutes remaining in the regular period, Malacia entered the game. A minute later, Mbappe scored his second goal of the match to give France a 4-0 lead.
In other European Championship qualifying matches, loanee Marcel Sabitzer shone as Austria easily defeated Azerbaijan 4-1 to take the lead in Group F. He contributed an assist in addition to two goals, one of which was a powerful free kick.
Meanwhile in Group F, Belgium defeated Sweden 3-0 in Stockholm under the leadership of center-back Victor Lindelof. Romelu Lukaku, a former United striker, scored a hat-trick to give the Red Devils an easy victory. After 78 minutes, Lindelof was arrested.
Facundo Pellistri began and played for 68 minutes as Uruguay and Japan tied 1-1 in a friendly in Tokyo. With 15 minutes left in the game, Takuma Nishimura, a replacement, scored with his first touch of the ball to cancel out Federico Valverde’s opening goal from the 38th minute.
The Ivory Coast started Eric Bailly as they defeated Comoros 3-1 in a qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations. At the end of 86 minutes, he was removed. Amad, who is on loan at Sunderland right now, didn’t get a chance to play.
Ultimately, Tunisia started Hannibal Mejbri as they defeated Libya 3-0 in another Africa Cup of Nations qualification. Mejbri has spent this season on loan at Birmingham City. He started on the right of the front three and was removed after 83 minutes.