His transfer to FC Barcelona seems to have taken him a step further. Best Catalan player since the resumption of La Liga, Memphis Depay also marked the spirits with the Dutch selection against Turkey on Tuesday night (6-1). Author of a hat-trick, the former Lyon took the opportunity to join Johan Cruyff with 33 goals scored for the Netherlands in his career (in 71 selections, against 48 for the legendary number 14).
“Cruyff and Lenstra are legends, they meant so much to the Dutch national team and put our football on the map,” Depay told NOS television. They are incomparable. Now I have to make sure that I remain important to the team with my game and with my goals. I’m in the top 10 of the best scorers now, but I want to get in the top 3 ”.
Robben and Bergkamp in the crosshairs
A not-so-crazy goal for the 27-year-old, since the ranking of the top scorers in the history of the Dutch team does not contain untouchable players. By continuing at his own pace, Memphis Depay will easily overtake Faas Wilkes (35 goals), Dennis Bergkamp, or Arjen Robben (37 goals). Patrick Kluivert (40) and Robin Van Persie (50), number one in the list, are a step above, but nothing impossible over the next three or four years.
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This did not prevent Memphis from being tough on his performance in the first half against Turkey: “We were often negligent, especially me. I lost the first three balls. I am not satisfied with that, it is an area for improvement ”. This is indeed part of the cute sins of Depay, capable of losing ten or fifteen easy balls on a bad night. Barça supporters will have the opportunity to realize this, by force.