17 things we loved this weekend: Benzema, Messi, Gavi, Mane & more

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Karim Benzema celebrates after France win the UEFA Nations League.

Premier League football may have had a week off due to the international break, but there was still plenty of exciting action around the world.

France came from behind to beat Spain in the UEFA Nations League final, while England moved another step closer to World Cup qualification.

We’ve rounded up the best of the action on and off the field.

Karim Benzema

Benzema is currently in the form of his life.


What were you doing at 17? In fact, don’t answer that…

Jadon Sancho

Forgot about his two assists, we just want to watch this nutmeg from Sancho.

Lionel Messi

Messi managed to make this look so easy.

Sadio Mane

After a difficult 2020-21, Mane has been rediscovering his best form this season.


Not bad for someone who can only pass sideways.

Armando Broja

Broja now has three goals in his three games for Albania.

Bukayo Saka

It’s easy to forget just how young Saka is.

Ildefons Lima Sola

He came up against someone 20 years younger than him and it really showed.

Sorba Thomas

Just lovely.

Burak Yilmaz

Something undeniably funny about dives that go spectacularly wrong.

Danny Ward

Sorry, Wales fans, but this is objectively hilarious.


The Leeds United forward is enjoying his first taste of international football.

Riyad Mahrez

Pick that one out.

Marcus Rashford

A national treasure.

Jordan Henderson

Just a really sound bloke, isn’t he?

This red card

“Got the ball ref!”

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