17 things we loved this weekend: Messi, Rooney, Bellingham, Havertz and more
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.
England returned to Wembley for the first time since their Euro 2020 heartbreak, while Brazil’s clash with Argentina was abandoned five minutes after kick off.
We’ve rounded up the best of the action on and off the field.
Before the chaos at Brazil v Argentina, Messi showcased his stunning free-kicks.
Lionel Messi practising free-kicks before it all went crazy 🎯
— Goal (@goal) September 5, 2021
Goalkeepers are made different in Brazil! 🇧🇷😂
Playing at centre back in their impromptu training session, Atlético Mineiro's Everson has smashed one in from distance! 💥 pic.twitter.com/HA2SqqwhSu
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) September 5, 2021
The Manchester United legend showed his class during Soccer Aid training.
— utdreport (@utdreport) September 3, 2021
hate love to see.
Some top tier timewasting from Henry Kessler of New England Revolution in MLS last night. pic.twitter.com/AwCyADZhY5
— GoalScorer Challenge ⚽️ (@GoalscorerC) September 4, 2021
After going nearly two years without an international goal, Bale was Wales’ hero against Belarus.
Wales have come from behind to beat Belarus for a huge 3 points in their quest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup – Gareth Bale with the hat-trick! 🏴🔥 pic.twitter.com/TqHJwurQ9p
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 5, 2021
Bellingham makes this look far too easy.
Jude Bellingham stop that. 🥶🥶🥶
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) September 5, 2021
A heartwarming return to Wembley.
England fans singing 'Happy Birthday' to Bukayo Saka at full-time ❤️ 🎶 pic.twitter.com/v8Up9Yl6J1
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 6, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing is proving infectious.
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) September 5, 2021
Worthy of the classic Alan Partridge reference.
𝙃𝙚 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙖 𝙛𝙤𝙤𝙩 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙖 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙚! 🤯
Shane Ferguson hit this absolute SCREAMER in Northern Ireland's win over Estonia! 🔥pic.twitter.com/B5lTvnipCT
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) September 5, 2021
Tottenham have a really exciting talent on their hands.
— That Tottenham Feed (@Tottenham_Feed) September 3, 2021
A filthy backheel assist from the Chelsea forward.
What a strike.
The Ukraine fan in our office enjoyed this one.
Mykola Shaparenko scores his first international goal for Ukraine with a thunderbolt against world champions France ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/ggIGTw9zFm
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 4, 2021
A moment to make a thousand dads declare the game’s gone.
This young fan got a selfie with Memphis Depay 🔥📸 pic.twitter.com/J2fO6AMzH4
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 5, 2021
Oh no. Oh no, no, no.
Josh King definitely won't want to see this miss for Norway again 😬pic.twitter.com/ysozQetcX2
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) September 5, 2021
Look at his face. Just look at his face.
What a moment! Lee Mack 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 scores at Soccer Aid for @UNICEF_uk!
— Soccer Aid (@socceraid) September 4, 2021
— Higgs (@jackohiggs) September 5, 2021