Virgil van Dijk rejects Louis van Gaal's claims the World Cup was RIGGED to help Lionel Messi lift...

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2023-09-05 14:48:44  • 3 mins

Virgil van Dijk has rejected claims from his former Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal that the World Cup in Qatar was rigged to help Lionel Messi lift the trophy.

Messi led Argentina to World Cup glory in December, scoring twice in arguably the greatest final of all time, to help his country beat France on penalties after the sides were level at 3-3 after extra-time.

Netherlands were knocked out by Argentina at the quarter-final stage of the competition, in one of the most fiery games in recent World Cup history.

Van Gaal who resigned as head coach after the tournament, raised eyebrows by telling journalists that Messi's World Cup triumph was 'premeditated'.

Speaking to NOS, Netherlands and Liverpool captain Van Dijk has strongly rejected his former manager's accusations.

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