- Netherlands international Frenkie De Jong has claimed that he does not know how to stop Lionel Messi
- This comment is coming days to the quarterfinal clash between Netherlands and Argentina at the World Cup
- The encounter between Netherlands and Argentina will be played on Friday night, December 9
Frenkie de Jong has stated emphatically that he really does not have any plan or secret on how to stop Lionel Messi when they meet in the quarterfinal at the 2022 World Cup.
De Jong who has been impressive so far at the World Cup will lead his other teammates in the Netherlands national team to face Argentina on Friday, 9 December.
Having played with the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner for two years at Barcelona, one would have expected the 25-year-old to know the secret of the Argentine.
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Statement made by De Jong
“Well, no. I know him, but I don't know how to stop him. He's been making the difference for 15 years and there is not one way to stop him.
''Usually he would still make the difference during training too. We just have to stop him as a team. We haven't texted each other. I am not planning to. We will see each other on Friday.''
Messi has won many titles so far in his career, but the World Cup remain missing and will want to win it this year in Qatar.
Dijk, Holland teammates chill on yacht
Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how players of the Netherlands spent their downtime on a yacht on the back of sealing qualification to the quarterfinals.
The Netherlands punched their ticket to the last eight with a comfortable 3-1 victory over the United States, setting up a date with tournament favourites Argentina.
Following their qualification, manager Louis Van Gaal gave his team a day off to recharge their batteries.
Ahead of the all-important assignment against La Albiceleste on Friday, December 9, the playing body spent their day off on a yacht in a relaxed setting.
In photos shared on social media, spotted, the playing body sported casual outfits leisurely playing cards amid other fun activities.