By George Overhill

3rd Dec, 2022 | 8:40pm

talkSPORT commentator backs Leeds United fans to outdo Argentina at Lionel Messi 1,000th game

Leeds United fans have been backed to outdo the huge support at Lionel Messi’s 1,000th game at the World Cup, by Nigel Adderley.

The Argentina legend reached the major milestone against Australia in the last-16 clash in Qatar on Saturday evening (3 December), with the South American side’s supporters widely praised for creating atmosphere throughout the tournament.

Ian Danter, commentating on the match for talkSPORT, noted the huge following again inside the stadium for their first knockout match of the tournament prior to kickoff, prompting his colleague Adderley to argue the case for the notoriously vociferous Whites support.

Writing on Twitter from the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium Danter said: “Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium. Argentina fans (as usual here) are taking over the stadium. Albiceleste are massive, everywhere they go”.

In response Adderley simply stated: “Leeds would have taken more…”


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Whether the claim was tongue in cheek or not, few would dispute that Leeds United are one of the best supported football teams in England, if not Europe.

Were the club drawing from a supporter-base the size of Argentina it isn’t a major stretch to suggest that the Whites would take more fans to a game like the international clash.

Jesse Marsch has spoken repeatedly about the club’s support and why he feels he is in a special place, having taken over from Marcelo Bielsa who himself had a unique connection to the fanbase.

It was a notable day at the World Cup from a Leeds point of view regardless of Messi’s big night, as Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson were knocked out with the USA, by Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands side, earlier in the day.

They will return to Thorp Arch after some time off, after which they and their teammates are going to require every bit of the famous support they can get to help push them away from the relegation zone.

Dramatic games heading into the international break pushed the team out of immediate danger, but the loss at Tottenham (12 November) showed there is plenty of work to do.

In other Leeds United news, a £50million legal fight could now threaten the club’s January transfer plans.