Lionel Messi before the pre-season friendly between Paris Saint-Germain vs Gamba Osaka at Panasonic Stadium Suita. 25th July, 2022.

19 things we loved this weekend: Messi, Van Dijk, Saliba, Russo & more

Football officially came home at the weekend as England Women beat Germany 2-1 at Wembley in a dramatic Euro 2022 final.

Elsewhere, Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 in the Community Shield while the Championship, League One and League Two all got underway.

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


The history-makers couldn’t hide their delight after winning Euro 2022.

Jill Scott

She deserved the Player of the Match award for this.

Alessia Russo

Russo has clearly been learning German in recent weeks.

William Saliba

The Arsenal centre-back has ice in his veins.

Virgil van Dijk

Man City wanted to restart the game quickly but Van Dijk wasn’t having any of it.


Remember when people doubted Thiago? That was a funny time.

Joe Aribo

Not a bad way to mark your first appearance in a Southampton shirt.

Eberechi Eze and Wilfried Zaha

Patrick Vieira’s Palace side are so fun to watch.

Lewis Travis

A very early contender for Championship Goal of the Season.

Lionel Messi

New season, same old Messi.

Sergio Ramos

Ramos has now scored 107 goals in his career. Not bad for a centre-back…

Unai Emery

The former Arsenal manager is clearly not a fan of the memes.

Gonzalo Higuain

He must have a foot like a traction engine.

Dani Olmo

Truly excellent shithousery.

Xavi Simons

The former Barcelona and PSG midfielder enjoyed a dream debut for PSV.

Cacique Medina

Jose Mourinho, eat yer heart out.

Rodrigo Gomes

We hadn’t heard of him a week ago but Gomes is now our favourite player.

This moment

A truly brilliant gesture from Everton.

Jordan Burton

We’ve been watching this strike on repeat all morning.

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