19 things we loved this weekend: Messi, Mount, De Gea, Mane and more
While Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United dominated the headlines, there were plenty of eye-catching moments elsewhere around the world over the weekend.
Lionel Messi came off the bench to make his debut for PSG and Arsenal’s start to the season went from bad to worse following their 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.
We’ve rounded up the best of the action on and off the field.
Fernandes is one of several million people delighted by Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Man Utd.
— Bruno Fernandes (@B_Fernandes8) August 27, 2021
David de Gea
De Gea couldn’t keep a straight face for long.
Reporter🗣"What are your thoughts on the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo?"
De gea 🗣" Who!?" 🤣 pic.twitter.com/dVXCR2vCXk
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 29, 2021
Everybody is in awe of PSG’s star summer signing.
A quick selfie, a banner signing and bumping into Thierry Henry! 🤷♂️
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) August 29, 2021
Zinedine Zidane would be proud of that turn.
That Control from Mason Mount 🤤pic.twitter.com/M4rOfyqZRX
— My Greatest 11 (@MyGreatest11) August 28, 2021
Mane tried but failed to hide his delight after Reece James got sent off.
— Kloppholic (@Kloppholic) August 28, 2021
That’s no way to treat your former manager…
سيسوكو 😂 & نونو سانتو
Nuno Santo vs Sissoko#TOTWAT
— مشاري (@mushari16) August 29, 2021
Just Haaland things.
Dortmund vs Hoffenheim was a classic last night with Erling Haaland saving the day pic.twitter.com/ZM8oHweGmu
— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) August 28, 2021
Soler is the new Scorpion King.
Take a moment to appreciate this beautiful flicked finish from Carlos Soler 😍 pic.twitter.com/DPIhaaFFvC
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 27, 2021
Even the referee’s feel the wrath of Casemiro’s tackles.
Casemiro loves tackling so much that he decided to take out the referee 😂
Did he get the ball? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/tJNTCR0TOw
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) August 28, 2021
Abraham has made an impressive start to his Roma career.
Tammy Abraham’s first goal at AS Roma ❤️💛
First of many😊 pic.twitter.com/i2Hojxr6NQ
— 'Bíọ́dún❁ (@xlnt44) August 29, 2021
Tammy is actually playing like R9pic.twitter.com/dZHLLE9R3n
— | Punjabi Mourinho ☬ | (@Punjabi_Mou) August 29, 2021
Abraham isn’t the only ex-Chelsea striker starring in Italy.
Olivier Giroud: GOALS GUARANTEED! 🔴⚫️
A smart finish from the AC Milan striker for his first goal in Serie A 💫
Zlatan Ibrahimović approves! 👏😆 pic.twitter.com/3685tUM7yh
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 29, 2021
It’s easy to forget that Ibrahimovic turns 40 in a few weeks.
Tick tock is over pic.twitter.com/jDxmSAGCmn
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) August 28, 2021
In other news, Mario Balotelli was so annoyed at being subbed for Adana Demirspor that he punched his teammate pic.twitter.com/eXtcc664U8
— Project Football (@ProjectFootbalI) August 28, 2021
Excellent shithousery from the Burnley defender.
— James Tarkowski (@Tarky19) August 29, 2021
Ronaldo fever has gripped everyone at Man Utd.
— utdreport Academy (@utdreportAcad) August 28, 2021
Keith the duck
A heartwarming tribute at Wigan.
Story of the weekend in the EFL at Wigan. pic.twitter.com/f7whDMSiDo
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) August 28, 2021
Cornet is clearly delighted to sign for Umbro FC.
— Out Of Context Football (@nocontextfooty) August 29, 2021
This own goal
There’s nothing better than a comical own goal.
UNBELIEVABLE DRAMA! 😱😱😱
Atleti equalise through a freak Villarreal own goal right at the death 🤪 pic.twitter.com/dGzQduugiK
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) August 29, 2021
The fans have got a point in fairness…
Arsenal fans to Man City "We lose every weeek. You're nothing special. We lose every week"😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/AhfvVqOpH4
— x (@utdmurtaza_) August 28, 2021