Netherlands 1-1 Spain: Adama Traore outmuscled by former Man Utd star Memphis Depay

  • Kobe Tong

Adama Traore is absolutely ripped.

I mean, seriously, the guy has more guns than most armies and I can only dream of a scenario where my thighs were half the size of his biceps. 

Ok, in seriousness, it’s easy to applaud Traore simply for his clear focus on his physique whenever you see him flying down the flank for Wolverhampton Wanderers or Spain like a locomotive.

Traore’s meteoric rise

But lest that detract from the fact Traore is an incredibly talented footballer who, by way of finding his feet at Molineux, has finally started living up to the lofty expectations set for him at Barcelona.

The 24-year-old is unerringly comfortable with the ball at his feet, possesses a remarkable cross, tends to pop up with blistering strikes in big games and even his defensive work is underrated.

And it’s because of those factors that Traore found himself representing Las Rojas during their clash with the Netherlands on Wednesday, his third cap in international football.


Netherlands 1-1 Spain

It wasn’t a vintage performance from Traore by any means with the Wolves star being subbed on for Real Madrid‘s Marco Asensio for the final 30 minutes.

Sadly, he wasn’t able to influence the game as he might have hoped with Spain ultimately limping to a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam with Donny van de Beek cancelling out Sergio Canales’ opener.

However, that didn’t mean that Traore’s latest outing for Spain wasn’t without note and here comes the point where we unabashedly return to talking about the wingman’s incredible physique.


Depay outmuscles Traore

Besides, just looking at Traore, you’d think that it would be impossible to outmuscle him and that going into a 50:50 shoulder challenge against him would end with you pinging across the pitch.

Well, if that’s the case, then I’m afraid you’ve thought wrong because former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay seemed to achieve the improbable by flooring Traore with his strength.

Was there a little bit of s***housery involved? Yes. Should it have been given as a foul? Yes. But how Depay managed to avoid any scenario other than being wiped out is simply beyond us.

You can check out the amusing moment down below:

Was it a foul?

Just look at Traore’s face… even he doesn’t know what just happened!

It’s clear that the momentum of the respective players was enough to offset Traore’s balance because I think we can all agree that it’s hard to imagine Depay outmuscling him ordinarily.

Either that or Depay secretly stuffed some platinum armament down his Netherlands jersey, otherwise, Traore bouncing off him must have stung at least a little.


After all, we are talking about a player who literally has oil rubbed onto his arms to make him harder to stop because defenders have to go to such remarkable lengths to try and stop him.

But fear not defenders of the world as Depay, albeit through questionably legal means, has published the blueprint on how to topple one of the world’s strongest footballers.

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