Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virat Kohli: 25 of the best sports images of the week

We pick out some memorable pictures from the last seven days

This week saw more memorable moments in the remarkable careers of football greats Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

For Ronaldo, there has been a double cause for celebration. First up, the Portuguese completed a shock transfer back to old club Manchester United from the Italian side Juventus.

Then, back on the pitch for Portugal, the 36-year-old broke the record for the most goals scored in international football after notching two in their World Cup qualifying victory over Republic of Ireland. It took his tally to 111 goals, overtaking the 109 goals scored by Iran’s Ali Daei.

For Ronaldo's old rival Messi, it was the start of a new era as the Argentine made his first appearance as a professional footballer in club colours other than Barcelona. The 34-year-old came on as a second-half substitute as French side Paris Saint-Germain defeated Stade de Reims 2-0 in Ligue 1.

It has been a historic week for mixed martial arts in the UAE as Mohammad Yahya became the first Emirati fighter to win a title in the sport when he defeated Algerian Yazid Choufane in their lightweight contest in the UAE Warriors Arabia 4 in Abu Dhabi.

“I feel on top of the world,” Yahya said. “I have many people to thank as I celebrate this moment. his is a moment I have been waiting for so long and this success is not only for me but my country and its people.”

There was controversy on the tennis court at the US Open as former world No 1 Andy Murray was beaten in five epic sets by Stefanos Tsitsipas at Flushing Meadows.

The British player was furious after the player took an extended break before the deciding set. “I have zero time for that stuff at all and I lost respect for him,” Murray, 34, said. “It's nonsense. And he knows it, as well.”

We have picked out 25 memorable images from the last seven days of sporting action.

Updated: September 6th 2021, 2:59 AM
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