He’s our Messi, best player – Van der Vaart hails ex-Man Utd star. Rafael van der Vaart, a former Real Madrid player, has praised Memphis Depay, a former Manchester United attacker, stating that he is the “Lionel Messi” of the Netherlands national team.
Van van Vaart made this statement while equating Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina, with Depay’s spot-kick circumstance with the Netherlands.
Remember that on March 24, France defeated the Netherlands 4-0 in their Euro 2024 qualifying match, and Depay missed his penalty attempt.
The Atletico Madrid player’s penalty was comfortably saved by Mike Maignan in stoppage time of the second half, preventing him from scoring a consolation goal for the Netherlands.
He misses penalties, of course, but it’s unfortunate that nobody else is ready to take them. Van der Vaart, who represented the Netherlands from 2001 to 2013, said NOS through Mundo Deportivo, “I think the same with Messi.
While he is the greatest player ever, he frequently misses penalties. Every time, he takes them, but no one ever offers, “Let me take it.
Memphis is similar to our Messi, but I wouldn’t compare him to Messi. While he played poorly against France, he is still our greatest player.