17 things we loved this weekend: Son, Messi, Neymar, Mourinho…

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Tottenham Hotspur's Heung-Min Son after scoring a hat-trick during the Premier League match against Leicester City. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. 17 September 2022.

There was plenty of excellent action across the footballing world this weekend as the Premier League made its return – with both household names and unfamiliar players grabbing the headlines.

While Arsenal continued their excellent start to the season and Erling Haaland bagged another goal, there was also plenty of excitement across the European continent and further afield.

We’ve rounded up 17 of the best moments here.

Lionel Messi & Neymar

Compulsive viewing.


A brilliant goal and a brilliant celebration from Madrid’s young Brazilian.

Ethan Nwaneri

Nwaneri was born in March 2007. We’re almost dead.

Son Heung-min

Look at that smile.

Jake Peck

Like prime Xabi Alonso.

Jose Mourinho

Never change, Jose. Never change.

Nicolo Barella

Free-kick perfection.

Hull City’s defence

Outstanding from start to finish.

Chris Kamara

We bloody love Kammy.

Gabriel Jesus

Jesus finished off an Arsenal move that contained 14 passes. Artetaball has well and truly arrived…

Erling Haaland

Fourteen goals in 10 games and crushes defenders for fun… good luck everybody.

Edel Kennedy

That first touch to set herself is exquisite.

Shoya Nakajima

What a debut.


Monza had never played in Serie A before this season and their first win in the top flight came against the mighty Juventus.

San Diego Wave

A crowd of 32,000 at the San Diego Wave’s first game of the NWSL season. Another attendance record broken in women’s football.

The Yellow Wall

It’s become a single living organism.

Vincent Kompany

Brutal from big Vin.

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