Kamaru Usman, Romelu Lukaku and the European Super League protests: 25 of the best sports images of the week

We pick out the most spectacular pictures from the last seven days

It has been a week of turmoil in football with the launch and spectacular collapse of the European Super League (ESL).

The announcement last Sunday of a 12-team breakaway competition made up of a closed shop of Europe's elite clubs was met with an immediate backlash from across the sport.

By Tuesday, all six of the English clubs had withdrawn from the Super League and the owners of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United were quick to issue public apologies.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez – one of the ESL's main driving forces – is maintaining that the 12 clubs had all signed binding contracts and that the project is far from over. Judging by the protests still ongoing at clubs in England, Perez and those that still believe in the ESL should be ready for a long and bitter battle.

In mixed martial arts, there was a capacity crowd at UFC 261 for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic brought a halt to the sporting world in March 2020.

The event in Florida saw UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman demolish Jorge Masvidal with a second-round knockout. It extended his unbeaten record in UFC to 14, with only Anderson Silva having more consecutive victories, at 16.

After the fight, Usman said: "With my fundamentals, I am the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet right now."

We have picked out 25 stunning images in the photo gallery above. To move on to the next picture click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Published: April 26, 2021 07:13 AM


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