The Barcelona forward surpassed Wesley Sneijder and equalized with the legendary figure with an impressive performance for the team of Louis van Gaal
Memphis Depay equaled Johan Cruyff’s goal record for the Netherlands when the star striker scored his first hat-trick for his country on Tuesday.
Depay struck three times and set up another in the Orange’s 6-1 home win over Turkey.
The Barcelona player now has 33 goals to his name for his country from 71 matches.
Where is Depay in the goal cards?
Depay’s impressive performance in the World Cup qualifiers has put him in the top 10 in his country’s list of top scorers.
He drew level with Wesley Sneijder with his first goal before surpassing the former captain with his second in the first half.
Depay then hit the ball over the line in the second period to place him in eighth place in the list.
He is now equal to the football icon Cruyff and Abe Lenstra, who represented the Netherlands in the forties and fifties.
Although Depay has 71 games to his name, Cruyff managed to score 33 goals for the Orange in just 47 games, which helped them reach the final of the 1974 World Cup.
Lenstra meanwhile retired in 1959 with 48 caps to his name.
What did Depay say?
Depay said after the game that he hoped to climb even further on the national team’s goal card, while admitting he could have performed even better against Turkey.
“I’m happy, but I expect more from myself. People think I’re always drifting and that everything’s going well,” he said. USA.
‘I’m important and threatening, I will always be, no matter what happens. I thought it was a great evening with a great atmosphere, I hope everyone enjoys it.
“[Cruyff and Lenstra] are two legends, you can not compare it to anyone. They defined so many things and put the Netherlands on the map.
“For me, it’s great that I keep scoring goals and that we win. I strive for more. I want to be in the top three of the top standings.”
Delayed in large form for Orange
The 27-year-old has been in spectacular form for the Netherlands over the past year and has scored 14 goals in his last 14 games.
He is also starting well at the new club Barcelona. Depay scored two and assisted one as the Camp Nou team took seven points from their first three games in La Liga.