17 things we loved this weekend: Neymar, Bielsa, Ronaldinho, Yamal…
The first international break of the season is often accompanied by a big collective groan, but this one actually treated us to plenty of wonderful moments from around the world of football.
England’s 1-1 draw with Ukraine won’t live long in the memory, but there were some brilliant goals scored elsewhere in Europe, while South America’s epic World Cup qualification cycle got underway.
Here are 17 of our favourite moments from a pretty good weekend of football in the end.
Brazil’s all-time top goalscorer. Some player.
Neymar’s speed with the ball should be appreciated more😮💨 pic.twitter.com/EYmalNJ7rQ
— Sh (@sha92fc) September 9, 2023
Mbappe is us watching any sport that’s not football.
Kylian trying to understand rugby 😆 pic.twitter.com/hSVJyyI9hv
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) September 8, 2023
Is Scotland’s dominance of international football bad for the game? Answers on a postcard…
7 – Scott McTominay has been involved in more goals than any other player during Euro 2024 qualifying (7 – 6 goals, 1 assist). McSauce. pic.twitter.com/Sof3OcH1ko
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 8, 2023
This is nice.
A Marrakesh hotel owned by Cristiano Ronaldo is offering shelter to victims of the earthquake in Morocco 👏 pic.twitter.com/zTgMCFbmYr
— GOAL (@goal) September 10, 2023
Sixteen years old. Terrifying.
Mejor no queremos saber qué estabais haciendo vosotros con 16 años
¡Pero a Lamine Yamal le apetece hacer HISTORIA por partida doble esta tarde en Georgia y convertirse también en el goleador más joven en la historia de la selección!#SelecciónRTVEhttps://t.co/WDhgRQ9Rwp pic.twitter.com/IQidWwz2Ad
— Teledeporte (@teledeporte) September 8, 2023
An assist Lionel Messi would’ve been proud of.
Stop that right now, Yves Bissouma.pic.twitter.com/HACoYAIJhg
— Planet Football (@planetfutebol) September 9, 2023
We’re so happy to have Marcelo Bielsa back in the dugout.
No matter the team, I will always love Bielsaball!😍
— Totally Leeds (@TotallyLeeds) September 8, 2023
Still bringing us joy.
Ronaldinho is still sending people for hotdogs 😂 pic.twitter.com/Pfq0vQVBI3
— Former Footballers (@FinishedPlayers) September 9, 2023
What a hit son.
Mansfield's Aaron Lewis with an outrageous goal against Accrington Stanley ⚡ pic.twitter.com/mCMSEUEhBH
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 9, 2023
A ridiculous strike from the… *checks Wikipedia*… FC Balzers(?) midfielder.
Liechtenstein's Sandro Wolfinger hit this volley so clean 😱
— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 8, 2023
Get him in Mauricio Pochettino’s side, immediately.
Listen up Boehly, we've found your next £100mil signing. Guaranteed goal-scorer.
It's… John Terry.pic.twitter.com/DcXYLWJXyw
— Planet Football (@planetfutebol) September 10, 2023
Goal of the round contender 🤯
— Viaplay Sports UK (@ViaplaySportsUK) September 10, 2023
Halifax red card
Should’ve gone to Specsavers.
— Terry (@Lionsroar_79) September 9, 2023
Not even a yellow? Brilliant.
Introducing our latest advert. pic.twitter.com/Z9ySdwjoqD
— Specsavers (@Specsavers) September 10, 2023
Costa Rican mascot race
All kinds of brilliant.
“God the international break is so boring, there’s nothing going on.”
Let me introduce you to the Costa Rican league mascot race. pic.twitter.com/VqEfRLhdxe
— Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) September 10, 2023
— Pubity (@pubity) September 9, 2023
Sidemen charity match
Well done to all involved.
The Sidemen Charity Match raised over £2M in front of a sold-out crowd at the London Stadium 🤯📈 pic.twitter.com/uNHL0nUS5v
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 9, 2023