17 things we loved this weekend: Haaland, Messi, Bale, Raphinha…

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Erling Haaland celebrates after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at the London Stadium, Stratford on Sunday 7th August 2022.

The 2022-23 Premier League season is now underway and the opening weekend provided lots of drama, shocks and entertainment.

Elsewhere, Sadio Mane scored on his Bundesliga debut for Bayern Munich and Gareth Bale maintained the impressive start to his Los Angeles FC career.

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

Erling Haaland

Two goals and a sweary interview? Yeah, he’s definitely arrived now.

Mohamed Salah

We’ve already put a bet on him scoring on the opening day of next season.

Lionel Messi

[Insert goat emoji here].

Jeremy Livolant

Messi’s goal wasn’t the best in France on Saturday though. That was scored by Guingamp winger Livolant.

Raphinha

Barcelona’s Brazilians really do love to put on a show.

Robert Lewandowski & Pedri

Lewandowski has already built up an impressive connection with his new team-mates.

Sadio Mane

It’s fair to say that Mane has settled in at Bayern Munich pretty quickly.

Leighton Clarkson

The Liverpool loanee made a pretty good first impression on his Aberdeen debut.

Aaron Ramsey

Did this a minute after coming on for his Nice debut, didn’t he? Classic Ramsey.

Enzo Fernandez

Close those legs, goalkeeper.

Jaivoro Dilrosun

Not a bad way to open his Feyenoord account.

Giorgio Chiellini

The high priest of shithousery was at it again for LAFC.

Gareth Bale

A few minutes after peak Chiellini, we got peak Bale.

Chicho Arango

Alessia Russo is a trendsetter.

Hassocks FC’s No.6

The FA Cup’s preliminary rounds have started and this lad was determined not to let the magic die.

Jesse Marsch and Bruno Lage

Everyone loves a bit of handbags in the dugout.

Jamie Carragher

It’s still early in the season but that’s Carragher 1-0 Neville.


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