💫 CL Awards: One-upmanship, Shakira, Oasis, cheat codes | OneFootball

💫 CL Awards: One-upmanship, Shakira, Oasis, cheat codes

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Dan Burke

The Champions League was great value again this week.

And now it’s time for our awards.


The Deal or No Deal Award

We never did find out whether Lionel Messi took this kid up on his very generous offer.

And we’re wondering whether his mum actually read what was written on the sign before they left the house.


The Much Ado About Nothing Award

Diego Simeone refusing to shake Jürgen Klopp’s hand at the end of Tuesday’s game at the Wanda Metropolitano would have made a great story, if only it were true.

Simeone even implied it was a hygiene issue, and you really can’t be too careful in this day and age.

And Klopp was in no mood to play silly games.


The Look At His Face Award

Kyle Walker has won the Premier League title, played in the Champions League final, represented England at the World Cup and even played in nets.

But he finally scored his first Champions League goal at the age of 31 on Tuesday, and look what it meant to him.


The Under The Radar Award

Perhaps we’re following the wrong accounts but it seems not enough people are talking about what a great season Vinícius Jr is having.

His two goals against Shakhtar Donestk on Tuesday took his tally to seven for the season, and one of them was a world class dribble and finish.

Baller.


The Definitely Maybe Award

This one goes to Ajax striker Sebastian Haller, who has already scored six goals and assisted two others in three Champions League matches this season.

Remember, he had never even played in the competition before this year. Best debut since Oasis.


The Fasten Your Seatbelt Award

It’s pretty rare you see a defender score a brace and even rarer that it happens in the first half of a match, but that’s exactly what Sebastian Coates did in Sporting CP’s 4-1 win away at Beşiktaş on Tuesday.

The Uruguayan has now got 25 goals for Sporting and his aerial ability means he’s always a threat.

Cabin crew prepare for take off.


The Hips Don’t Lie Award

Sergio Ramos needs to hurry up and get himself back to fitness, because his arch nemesis has now surpassed him in the Champions League scoring charts.

No pressure.


The Birthday Boy Award

Many happy returns to Villarreal’s Yeremi Pino, who scored on his birthday on Wednesday and made a small slice of Champions League history in the process.


The Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better Award

It sometimes feels like professional football is one big game of one-upmanship between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi’s brace against RB Leipzig meant he has now scored against 37 different teams in the Champions League.

But Ronaldo wasn’t having that, and his dramatic winning goal against Atalanta on Wednesday means he has now scored against 38 different teams in the Champions League.

Your move, Leo.


The Cheat Code Award

Bayern Munich are in imperious form at the moment and it’s possible they might be even better than when they won the Champions League in 2019/20.

And is it any wonder when they’ve got a living, breathing cheat code up front in Robert Lewandowski.

That guy Leroy Sané isn’t half bad either.


The It Takes Two Award

This is a pretty crazy coincidence isn’t it?

Give him the Ballon d’Or for that alone.