18 things we loved this weekend: Neymar, Messi, Rodrygo, Chiellini…

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NEYMAR JR of PSG celebrates during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Brestois on September 10, 2022 at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France

There was plenty of brilliant football action across Europe and around the world this weekend, with thrilling late drama and some terrific goals from big names – like Lionel Messi and Neymar – and little-known players alike.

While all football matches in Britain were postponed, we were kept entertained by goings on overseas and there was a lot to take in Spain, France, Italy, the USA, Mexico and even Romania.

We’ve rounded up the best moments here.


We probably shouldn’t say this about a Madrid player… but this was Messi-esque.

Andy Delort

Wait for the replay to see the sublime technique.


And while we’re on the subject of chest-to-bicylce-kick goals…

Giorgio Chiellini

Outside of the boot. Lovely.

Thiago Almada

The 21-year-old Argentinian is another rising star in MLS this season.


It would be a lot of fun if he keeps this form up for the World Cup.

Lionel Messi

It was all about the assist for Neymar’s latest goal.

Dominik Szoboszlai

The second goal here is an absolute peach.

Steve Mandanda

A goalkeeper absolutely wellying it is our favourite type of assist.

Carlos Acevedo

We will never tire of seeing goalkeepers score, especially ones wearing a bright pink kit and a headband.

Jeremias Ledesma

Heroic work from the Cadiz goalkeeper.

Juventus v Salernitana

Serie A went into overdrive on Saturday night.

Takayuki Seto

Own goals don’t get any better than this.

Yuri Alberto

Great buildup, even better finish.

The Bundesliga table

Stop the count!

Gianluigi Buffon

Great weekend for fans of longevity-related stats.

FC Zurich’s defence

Chaplain-level slapstick here.

Michael Sheen

We’re ready for the World Cup now.

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