Barcelona's Dani Alves celebrates a goal during a Spanish first division league football match between FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 6, 2022.

19 things we loved this weekend: Alves, Elliott, Messi, Bentancur…

Club football returned with a bang across Europe this weekend after the winter break, and it did not disappoint. 

There were some memorable matches in Germany, Italy, Spain and France, while the FA Cup delivered its usual quota of Magic™. Over in Cameroon, the Africa Cup of Nations concluded – as it often does, with no goals, but no shortage of tension.

Here are 19 of our favourite moments from the weekend’s football.

Sadio Mane

Cojones of steel to slot that away after missing one early. What a moment.

Harvey Elliott

What a way to mark your return from injury. 

Harvey Elliott’s dad

He must’ve been the happiest man in Anfield.

Rodrigo Bentancur

Bentancur has made a pretty good first impression at Spurs.

Jordi Alba

What a strike.

Dani Alves

The Barcelona right-back is still as entertaining as ever.

Lionel Messi

Even when Messi is struggling for form, he still knows how to chip a goalkeeper.

Kylian Mbappe

But Mbappe refused to be outdone by his PSG team-mate…

Jack Grealish

It’s only a small gesture but it meant a lot to one football fan.

Alexandre Lacazette

Lacazette is now our favourite striker in the Premier League.

Ian Wright

We didn’t think we could love Wright any more but here we are…

Olivier Giroud

This could prove to be a huge goal in the Serie A title race.

Declan Rice

The goal was alright but the celebration was even better.

Frank Lampard

We’ve really missed Lampard’s interviews.

Jamie Carragher

Excellent shithousery from the former Liverpool defender.

Dael Fry

What a quote.

Sol Bamba

One of football’s good guys.

Dusan Vlahovic

He’s already starting to repay that £66.6million fee.

This picture

This belongs in the Louvre.

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