“There was a deliberate intention to make Lionel Messi champion!” Manchester United’s ex-manager Louis van Gaal alleges foulplay in the 2022 World Cup

Netherlands manager drops his views and inner details about the World-Cup calling Argentina's victory undeserved, labelling it as a conspiracy.


“There was a deliberate intention to make Lionel Messi champion!” Manchester United’s ex-manager Louis van Gaal alleges foulplay in the 2022 World Cup

Leo Messi celebrating his goal at the World-Cup against Netherlands Infront of Van Gaal (Source: FIFA)

Former Netherlands Head Coach Louis van Gaal has stirred controversy with his recent allegations surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup held in Qatar. Van Gaal claims that the tournament was orchestrated for Lionel Mescsi and Argentina to win their first World Cup since 1986. As the Dutch outlet NOS quoted, “I mean everything I say by that. That Messi had to become world champion? I think so, yes.”

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In the tournament’s final, Messi led Argentina to victory against defending champions France, marking a momentous achievement for the Albiceleste. However, Van Gaal suggests that the path to Argentina’s triumph was premeditated, insinuating that the tournament was set up to ensure Messi’s success.

One of the tournament’s standout matches was Argentina’s quarter-final clash against Van Gaal’s Netherlands. The game ended in a penalty shootout, with Argentina prevailing 4-3. Van Gaal has now questioned the fairness of the match, pointing to alleged biased refereeing decisions and suggesting that the game was rigged in favor of Argentina.

Van Gaal’s remarks have sparked controversy and are likely to face backlash. Particularly from those associated with the reigning world champions, Argentina. The veteran Dutch coach’s comments add a contentious twist to the narrative of the 2022 World Cup. They also raise questions about the tournament’s integrity.

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Lionel Messi shines in star-studded night as Inter Miami triumphs over LA Galaxy

Selena Gomez reacts to Lionel Messi
Selena Gomez reacts to Lionel Messi. (Via X/CrewsMat1Ø)

Lionel Messi’s fairy tale journey with Inter Miami in Major League Soccer (MLS) took center stage on a star-studded Sunday night in Los Angeles. The 36-year-old Argentine maestro displayed brilliance. He delivered two crucial assists that propelled his MLS club to a resounding 3-1 victory over LA Galaxy. Messi, who has scored an impressive 11 goals in as many games since joining Inter Miami in July, has undeniably transformed the team’s fortunes.

The match showcased Messi’s on-field magic and attracted a star-studded audience. The list of notable attendees read like a who’s who of Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio, Selena Gomez, Prince Harry, LeBron James, Tobey Maguire, Will Ferrell, Gerard Butler, Jason Sudeikis, and James Harden were present. The presence of Hollywood actor Owen Wilson and Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, who recently joined LA Galaxy, added to the event’s glamour.


Messi’s influence on the field was evident as he orchestrated two crucial goals for Inter Miami. He showcased a seamless partnership with former Barcelona teammates Busquets and Alba. Messi commented, “It was a test to see where we stand. It is an important consequence of what is to come.” Despite a challenging start in the MLS, Inter Miami’s future looks brighter with Messi.

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