“What are you looking at, idiot. Go there.”
This quote by Lionel Messi, who was interviewed last Friday after the match between Argentina and the Netherlands in the World Cup quarter-finals, has been going viral in recent days.
Memes, TikTok videos, songs, hats, t-shirts or mugs: it’s immortalized in all forms of media.
But for whom was the Argentine star’s insult captured by television cameras?
Tension on and off the pitch
The match between Argentina and the Netherlands ended with the former winning in a penalty shootout. The final minutes of regulation time were marked by tensionWout Weghorst’s goal leveled the Netherlands 2-2 and sent the game into extra time.
Argentina won the game till the 100th minute as there were many clashes between the two players and some fights at the end of the match.
After the game, Leo Messi gave an interview to the TyC Sports channel, and before starting to answer, he looked into the distance in a video and said: “What are you looking at, fool? What are you looking at, fool? Go there, fool, go there.”
I don’t know who the Argentina captain is talking to in those pictures.
It was later revealed that Messi was speaking to Wekhorst, the author of two goals for the Netherlands, via a recording from another perspective.
Apparently, Wekhorst approached Messi at the end of the game, intending to shake his hand and ask for his shirt, but he refused.
In these second pictures, the Dutchman can be seen arguing with Argentina’s Lautaro Martinez and Qatar commentator ‘Kun’ Aguero.
As the Argentina captain prepared to give his interview, Wekhorst saw him from a distance and said, ‘Hey, Messi, hey, Messi.’
The Argentine star told him the already famous “What are you looking at, idiot”.
Wekhorst also gave his version of what happened after the incident in an interview.
“I wanted to shake his hand after the game. I have a lot of respect for him as a football player, but he pushed my hand away and didn’t want to talk to me. My Spanish wasn’t good, but he said respectful words. It’s disappointing for me, I’m very disappointed,” the player said. said.
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