The jaw-dropping Memphis Depay-directed production to date in 2021 has caused some stir among Barcelona’s fan base on Monday night.
Of course, Depay is currently in action with your country.
In their last qualifying match for the World Cup next year in Qatar, the Netherlands hosted the minnow Gibraltar at the De Kuip Stadium.
Louis van Gaal’s men headed into proceedings with the aim of keeping alive a strong qualifying record up to this point, which had seen them rack up five wins out of seven in Group G.
And as it stands, the Oranje are well on their way to another comfortable victory, to maintain their leadership status.
Midway through the second half at Feyenoord, the Netherlands lead Gibraltar by four goals to nil.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring on the night and freed himself at the front post to head Memphis Depay’s corner kick from the left.
Virgil van Dijk with his first international goal for the Netherlands since March 2019 👏🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/MLOtZBDcdq
– CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) October 11, 2021
Depay then quickly became the scorer himself, fitting into an empty net after being attacked by Davy Klaassen, before completing stellar first-half work with a second from the penalty spot on the edge of interval.
Meanwhile, in the process, Barcelona’s incorporation in the summer etched his name firmly in the history books of Dutch football, as the most prolific player in history on the international stage, over the course of a single calendar year:
– OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 11, 2021
And, as described above, on the back of their talented attacker’s last run in front of goal, the Barcelona faithful have since responded in their numbers.
In social networks, the Blaugrana fans have moved to highlight the frankly remarkable production (goals and assists) managed by Depay for the club and the national team throughout 2021 to date.
Some have even gone so far as to (presumably ironically) highlight the fact that the Dutchman has, in fact, accumulated more direct contributions to the goal than Real Madrid talisman and Ballon d’Or candidate Karim Benzema:
– # ForçaBarça (@BarcaStat) October 11, 2021
Memphis Depay has as many goal commitments in 2021 (46) as Karim Benzema.
Where are their cries for the Ballon d’Or? pic.twitter.com/DnTmBnDPtB
– MC (@ CrewsMat10) October 11, 2021
Where’s the Depay Ballon D’or hype? If Benzema is good enough to win it, so is Depay, who has more goal contributions than him in 2021 pic.twitter.com/R2vyiQH6aT
– 💎¹⁴ 🏴 (@CoutinhoBeast) October 11, 2021
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