Memphis Depay bagged a new record for the Netherlands during Monday’s World Cup qualfiying win over Gibraltar in Rotterdam.
The Dutchman scored twice to make it 13 goals for his country in 2021 which is a new record, as shown by Opta.
13 - @Memphis has scored 13 goals for The Netherlands in 2021, more than any other player in a single calendar year for @OnsOranje. Record. pic.twitter.com/RliQcmiuLw— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 11, 2021
Memphis had started the game by teeing up Virgil van Dijk for the opening goal from a corner and then went on to miss a penalty. However, he was quick to make amends by adding a second on 21 minutes.
The Barcelona attacker then had another chance from the spot in stoppage time at the end of the first half and this time made no mistake at all with his penalty to bring up the record.
Memphis’s goals also mean he now his 35 for his country, level with Ruud van Nistelrooy and Faas Wilkes. He’s just two behind Arjen Robben and Dennis Bergkamp and 15 off Robin van Persie.
The 27-year-old wasn’t done there either and picked up his second assist of the match after goals from Denzel Dumfries and Arnaut Danjuma had made it 5-0 to the Netherlands.
Memphis sealed a fine night’s work by setting up Donyell Malen for number six. The forward played a one-two with Wout Weghorst and then threaded the ball through to Malen to finish.
The results keeps the Netherlands top of Group G, two points clear of Norway, while Memphis tops the goals and assists charts in European qualifying.
Most goals in European World Cup qualifying: Memphis Depay— Goal (@goal) October 11, 2021
Most assists in European World Cup qualifying: Memphis Depay
Barca will be glad to see Memphis back in goalscoring form after hitting a bit of a dry patch for the Catalan giants and with key games against Valencia, Dynamo Kiev, and Real Madrid up next.