Atalanta and the Netherlands midfielder Marten De Roon says he leaves the World Cup with head held high.
De Roon featured in the qurterfinal penalty shootout defeat to Argentina yesterday.
“When I was a kid I heard my dad talk about the nightmare of Argentina,” he wrote on Twitter.
“The World Cup back in ’78. In my time as a footballer, Messi was the dream of every player. Today, I played against the dream that became a nightmare.
“Congrats to Argentina, but I’m so damn proud of this squad.”