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Rishabh Pant, Lionel Messi and Rory McIlroy – 25 of the best sports images of the week

We pick out the week's most spectacular images from the last seven days

One of the great Test-match series of all-time came to a dramatic climax this week as India completed a sensational victory in Australia.

Batsman Rishabh Pant was the fulcrum to India's record 328-run chase at the Gabba with a brilliant 138-ball 89, becoming the first team since the West Indies in 1988 to beat Australia at their Brisbane stronghold.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Pant called it "one of the biggest moments of my life" as India triumphed by three wickets and seal a 2-1 series win.

In football, there was contrasting fortunes for two of the game's great rivals in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The former saw red for the first time in his career when he was sent-off in Barcelona's Spanish Super Cup defeat against Athletic Bilbao.

No such problems for Ronaldo who scored his 760th senior goal in Juventus' Italian Super Cup win over Napoli. The win earned Andrea Pirlo his first trophy as Juve manager after taking charge in August.

In motor-racing world, the Dakar Rally also reached its conclusion last weekend when the remarkable Stephane Peterhansel won the event for a record-extending 14th time.

It was the 55-year-old's eighth victory in the car category, after a gruelling two weeks in the Saudi Arabian deserts.

Published: January 22, 2021 07:59 AM

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