17 things we loved this weekend: Firmino, Mertens, Rashford, Messi…

Quick Reads

English football geared up for its return this weekend as the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United played friendlies ahead of the Premier League’s restart.

Elsewhere, La Liga returned in Spain and Italy welcomed the resumption of the Coppa Italia.

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

Toni Kroos

He makes that look far too easy.

Dries Mertens

The forward has written his name into Napoli’s history books.

Can Bozdogan

Spare a thought for that defender.

Marcus Rashford

Has he been watching Dimitar Berbatov?

Lucien Favre

We’ve all been there.

Roberto Firmino

You still can’t get the ball off him.

Daichi Kamada

Goal of the weekend?

Lionel Messi

Some things never change.

Christian Eriksen

This is what happens when he manages to beat the first man.


Wasn’t even sure he had a left foot.


Thankfully the keeper didn’t save it.


Important words from some of Arsenal’s main men.

Diego Costa

An excellent gesture.

Serie A

Never change.

Naby Keita

Will we finally get to see him at his best?

Martin Braithwaiteย 

A classic Jolly stat.

This ref

The Bundesliga’s equivalent to Mike Dean.

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