World Football

Top 10 World Football GIFs of the Weekend

GRANADA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 16:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Granada CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on February 16, 2013 in Granada, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 18, 2013

Another wonderful week of world football has come and gone, but fortunately for us, the memories of it have been captured for our viewing forever.

Let's not waste any time here and jump straight into the top 10 world football GIFs of the weekend—apologies in advance if the following breaks your browser forever!

 

10. David De Gea takes the unconventional approach

David De Gea's incredible foot-save against Real Madrid made headlines around the world given the unconventional and unbelievable nature of the save.

But at the end of the day—did the ball go in? No. Did Manchester United hang on for a huge point at the Bernabeu? Yes. End of argument.

 

9. Oldham Athletic break Everton's hearts

Fortunately for Everton, the result against Oldham Athletic didn't cost them too much, with the English minnows only forcing a replay against the Merseyside club.

The Toffees will likely progress through the next round of the FA Cup at home, but even still, the game-tying goal was a pretty special moment for Oldham to savor.

Though, on a side note, what exactly was their goalkeeper trying to do?

 

8. Gareth Bale proves his class once again

Gareth Bale netted a wonderful free kick to give Tottenham the win against Ajax in the Europa League this weekend, with the Welsh winger blazing home from a long way out in the waning minutes of the game to give Spurs the victory.

Yet as we'll see, it wasn't the greatest thing to come out of that game—as good as the finish and celebration was from Bale in this one.

 

7. Hulk smash!

The puns about Hulk smashing are almost too easy, but that's just the first thing that comes to mind whenever the Brazilian stars for Zenit St. Petersburg.

Which, with this great goal against Liverpool, is exactly what he did here.

 

6. Antonio Cassano runs riot for Fiorentina

Fiorentina picked up a huge win over Inter Milan this weekend, with the Italian giants running out comfortable winners in front of their home fans here.

The greatest moment of the match came when Cassano pile-drived his way home from 30 yards out with a breathtaking finish midway through the second half.

 

5. No looking, no worries for Alberto Aquilani

Everything went right for Fiorentina in the big win—so much so that they didn't even have to look at each other to create goal-scoring chances on the night.

This from Aquilani to Stevan Jovetic was truly something special.

 

4. Lionel Messi continues to amaze

Lionel Messi might have stolen the headlines with his game-winning free kick against Granada—a truly magnificent effort—but it was his 300th career goal for the Catalan club that was truly special for the Argentinian wizard on the weekend.

And he's only 25. Which, if you do the numbers, is borderline insane.

 

3. Luis Suarez dazzles for Liverpool

Liverpool haven't had the greatest success this season in either the European or English competitions, but Suarez's spectacular finish against Swansea provided another rare highlight for Brendan Rodgers' men in 2013.

Suarez's mazy dribbling skills were simply too much for the Swans, who ended up on the wrong end of a second-half attacking display from the Merseyside club.

 

2. Andre Villas-Boas is a little excited

Gareth Bale might have been the star on the field for Tottenham Hotspur against Ajax, but off the field, it was Spurs manager Villas-Boas who stole the show.

This anticipation and celebration for Bale's free kick is one of the greatest five seconds seen in the Europa League this season, and something that we can watch over, and over again. And then a couple more times as well.

 

1. Rob Hulse shows some serious skill

If you'd said at the start of the weekend that the biggest highlight of them all wouldn't come from the Premier League, the Serie A, the Bundesliga or La Liga, and that it would come from Luton Town playing Milwall in the FA Cup, you'd have been deemed a very crazy individual.

And yet, you would have been completely and utterly right.

Sit back and enjoy.

 

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