Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates his penalty kick during the game between Honduras and Argentina at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, United States, September 2022.

19 things we loved this weekend: Messi, Vinicius Jr, Son, Tony Adams…

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There was plenty of great footballing action this weekend as national teams ramped up their preparations for the World Cup.

While England were uninspiring throughout their loss against Italy on Friday night, both Brazil and Argentina looked in imperious form while Arsenal hosted a landmark day in the WSL.

Weโ€™ve rounded up a collection of the best moments here.

Lionel Messi

Who’d bet against Argentina winning the World Cup with Messi in this kind of form?


Who’d bet against an Argentina side with this kind of team spirit?

Rodrigo De Paul

Forget football, De Paul should jack it all in and become Messi’s personal bodyguard.

Vinicius Jr

This boy is the truth.

Son Heung-min

This late free-kick, that rescued South Korea from a damaging defeat at home to Costa Rica, was further proof that Son has got his mojo back.

Tony Adams

Sensational scenes from the former Arsenal and England captain.

Diogo Dalot

Two goals from the Manchester United full-back as Portugal thrashed Czech Republic 4-0; he’s had a new lease of life under Erik ten Hag.

Benjamin Sesko

Pick that one out.


Johann Cruyff would be smiling at this.

Adam Szalai

We cannot get enough of this flick that took Hungary to the brink of the Nations League final.

Sergio Busquets

There’s something strangely hypnotic about this clip as Busquets demonstrates the passing ability that makes him one of the greats.

Quevin Castro

The Notts County man scored one of the best free-kicks you’re ever likely to see.

Ballou Tabla

Jaw-droppingly good.


A crowd of 47,000 watched the WSL match between Arsenal and Tottenham on Saturday – a record attendance. Women’s football is truly here to stay.

Christian Walton

Imagine the scenes if this had found the back of the net.

Erling Haaland

Another day, another goal for Robot Boy…

Santos Under-13s

We shouldn’t be surprised at this from the youth team of the club that produced Pele, Neymar and so many more.

Northern Ireland

A first Nations League victory for Northern Ireland at the 14th attempt lifted the roof at Windsor Park.

Mansfield Town

Absolute limbs.

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