19 World Cup things we loved this weekend: Messi, Mbappe, Hannibal…

19 World Cup things we loved this weekend: Messi, Mbappe, Hannibal…

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19 World Cup things we loved this weekend: Messi, Mbappe, Hannibal…

It’s Monday morning and you’re back to work after a weekend of non-stop football. Fire up that second screen and angle it away from your boss as you soak in the final day of four separate kick-offs in the World Cup.

There are few things we love more than the World Cup group stage, and Qatar 2022 hasn’t disappointed. We enjoyed some brilliant drama over the weekend, including a Saturday in which superstars like Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski well and truly stepped up for their respective nations.

Here are 19 of our favourite moments from a World Cup weekend that will live long in the memory.

Lionel Messi

Messi delivered when Argentina needed him the most.

Pablo Aimar

Messi has that kind of effect on you…

Messi's childhood idol Pablo Aimar tearing up after Messi's goal 🥺❤️ pic.twitter.com/EGj9zwZaCg

— Akhlash (@Akhlash_lm10) November 26, 2022

Bangladeshi Argentina Fans

Football is great, eh?

This is the power of football ❤️@Argentina fans in Bangladesh celebrating Lionel Messi's goal in the #FIFAWorldCup victory over Mexico last night 🙌🇦🇷pic.twitter.com/HSE6JGGRsw

— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) November 27, 2022

Andy Murray

Murray became the thousandth person to troll Piers Morgan to widespread acclaim.

Robert Lewandowski

He finally scored a World Cup goal.

Tears, absolute tears, for Robert Lewandowski.

He has finally scored at a World Cup. What emotion. #POLKSA pic.twitter.com/YZJwJ3x6hI

— Andrew Jerell Jones, Luke 1:37 (IG:twdbk3) (@sluggahjells) November 26, 2022

Kylian Mbappe

He doesn’t even need the ball to embarrass defenders.

See ya! 👋 pic.twitter.com/TJTHFpZ5a9

— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) November 26, 2022

Ousmane Dembele

Such a silky footballer.

Carlos Queiroz

He absolutely bodied Klinsmann here.

Dear Jurgen;

You took the initiative to call me Carlos, so I believe it is proper to call you Jurgen. Right?

Even not knowing me personally, you question my character with a typical prejudiced judgment of superiority.
(…) pic.twitter.com/JAq0l7Yp6n

— Carlos Queiroz (@Carlos_Queiroz) November 26, 2022

Thibaut Courtois

See ya later!

Walid Regragui

Morocco scored a famous victory over Belgium and their manager celebrated in the most appropriate fashion.

Hannibal Mejbri

The shithouse moment of the 2022 World Cup so far.

How did i miss this yesterday from Hannibal LOOL.😭 pic.twitter.com/4OrhIaqkkZ

— 𝗧𝗲𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗴’𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝗱𝘀 ✍🏼🇳🇱 (@TenHagBalI) November 27, 2022

Wojciech Szczesny

One of the best saves we’ve seen in a long time.

A thing of beauty! What a double save from #Szczęsny!!!pic.twitter.com/D2stxjlTCo

— KeeperAnalyst (@KeeperAnalyst) November 27, 2022

Costa Rica

Fair play.

Costa Rica at the 2022 World Cup:

◉ 1 shot inside the box
◉ 1 shot on target
◉ 1 goal

Incredibly efficient. 😀#FIFAWorldCup #CRC pic.twitter.com/g8jKs90uTA

— Squawka (@Squawka) November 27, 2022

Luis Enrique

Admirable honesty from the Spain coach.

Luis Enrique is asked what he would do if Ferran Torres makes the pacifier celebration after scoring for Spain. His response:

“I’ll sub him out immediately, put him in the stands, and he’ll never set foot in a football pitch again.”pic.twitter.com/r7H5id5ZED

— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) November 26, 2022

Ivan Perisic

What a player he’s been.

Ivan Perišić is the only player to assist in each of these last five major tournaments:

✅ 2014 World Cup
✅ 2016 Euros
✅ 2018 World Cup
✅ 2020 Euros
✅ 2022 World Cup

Croatia legend. 🇭🇷

— William Hill (@WilliamHill) November 27, 2022

Leon Goretzka

Built like a brick wall.

Ian Wright

Subtly hitting out his and Laura Woods’ critics.

Jamie Carragher

He slotted home this open goal with aplomb.

Saudi Arabia fan

That’s loyalty for you.

Saudi Arabia fans are just different man 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/GskzdDi0YX

— Zaid 🧃 (@mufczaid) November 26, 2022

Atiba Hutchinson

What was going on here?

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