Luuk de Jong (FC Barcelona) celebrates after scoring during La Liga soccer match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona, at Cornella-El Prat Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

18 things we loved this weekend: De Jong, Azpilicueta, Mane, Balogun…

Chelsea stole the headlines this weekend after beating Palmeiras and becoming world champions for the first time in their history.

Elsewhere, Barcelona needed a 96th-minute equaliser to avoid defeat in the Catalan derby and there were plenty more great moments from across the Premier League, Football League and Europe.

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


A brilliant achievement.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Captain. Leader. Legend.

Antonio Rudiger

Try telling Rudiger that the Club World Cup doesn’t matter.

Luuk de Jong

De Jong came to Barcelona’s rescue yet again. 


We love players showing their personalities in interviews.

Sadio Mane

Mane returned from AFCON and was unsurprisingly full of confidence.

Folarin Balogun

A ridiculously cheeky assist from the Arsenal loanee.


Never change Pepe. Never change…

Nabil Fekir

A free kick that Lionel Messi would be proud of.

KobbIe Mainoo

We hope Mainoo apologised to that Chelsea defender.

Diego Moreira

We’re now going to start watching Benfica B on a weekly basis.

Ruslan Malinovskyi

What a strike.

Gerrit Holtman

Bochum have lost 7-0 and won 4-2 against Bayern Munich this season. Bonkers.

Ricardo Quaresma

Quaresma has just cemented his status as our favourite footballer.

Lucas Paqueta

Very nice.

Wes Hoolahan

Wessi for the 2022 Ballon d’Or.

Fashion Sakala

We’re still not sure how Sakala managed to score from that angle.


Arkadiusz Milik

There’s never a bad way to score a late winner but this was pretty special.

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