17 things we loved this weekend: Messi, Patino, Origi, Mourinho…

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Lionel Messi of PSG celebrates his goal during the French championship Ligue 1 football match between AC Ajaccio (ACA) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG on October 21, 2022 at Stade Francois Coty in Ajaccio, France

We couldn’t help but feel the 2022-23 season has well and truly hit its stride as we enjoyed a brilliant weekend of football packed full of memorable moments.

There were some feisty local derbies in the Championship, some big upsets in the Premier League and some absorbing matches played across Europe.

Here are 17 of our favourite things from a great weekend.

Lionel Messi

The weekend peaked with this incredible team goal on Friday night.

Dean Henderson

What a save.

This stat

We can only imagine the spreadsheet behind it.

Lisandro Martinez

Football is brilliant, isn’t it?

Miguel Almiron

The much-maligned Newcastle forward is playing like Messi at the moment.

Ben White

You can tell he doesn’t really like football. And we kind of love him for it.

Divock Origi

Off the mark at Milan and what a way to do it.

Charlie Patino

Never fall in love with a loanee? Blackpool fans disagree.

Karim Benzema

The Bernabeu always recognises greatness.

Ernesto Valverde

The Uruguayan from the edge of the area is like giving him a penalty.

Xavi

As if he’d ever lose it.

Robert Lewandowski

Absolutely lethal.

Boca Juniors

This 89th-minute penalty save from River Plate keeper Franco Armani sealed the Argentinian title for Boca. Ooof.

Victor Osimhen

Napoli’s title charge is the most compelling story in Europe right now.

Gary Neville

Sensational stuff.

The Bundesliga table

Enjoy it while it lasts.

Jose Mourinho

It’s taken decades but he’s finally mellowing.


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