Nicolas Pepe of Ivory Coast celebrates his goal during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Ivory Coast v Sierra Leone at Japoma Stadium in Douala, Cameroon on 16 January 2022

18 things we loved this weekend: Pepe, Modric, Nani, KDB & more

We might have been denied the north London derby this weekend, but there was plenty of brilliant football across England, Europe and Africa to enjoy. 

Manchester City put in another dominant display to move a big step forward to retaining their Premier League crown, while West Ham and Leeds treated us to a five-goal thriller on Sunday.

Here are 18 of our favourite moments from this weekend’s action.

Luka Modric

Class is permanent.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

We have to keep reminding ourselves that he’s a bloody right-back.

Bruno Fernandes

Where would Manchester United be without him?

Jude Bellingham

Special player.


After three years in America, Nani made an immediate impact on his return to Europe.

Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne has probably found some games of football easier than this.

Max Dean

The kid at Leeds looks special. Can we get the MNF treatment for this, Carra?

Gary Neville & Jamie Carragher

Give them their own Saturday night TV special.

Robert Lewandowski

The Messi & Ronaldo era is over. Long live Lewandowski.

Philippe Coutinho

What a way to make your return.

Wahbi Khazri

We could watch this goal on repeat all day.

Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal fans live in hope he brings this finishing touch back from Cameroon.

Serge Aurier

There are few things better than seeing a defender going in goal.

Mohamed Salah

Lovely to see AFCON’s biggest star stepping up.

Aldershot Town

You what, mate?

Pep Guardiola

He’s still got a hell of a way to go.

Wayne Rooney

Get him in the Goodison dugout next to Big Dunc.

This fan

The fact that he jumps into the crowd makes this even better.

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