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As we all continue to crave the return of sport, there have still been some memorable moments to keep us going.

From Roberto Firmino’s no-look shots in his garden to Stiliyan Petrov helping his former Aston Villa teammate Gabriel Agbonlahor, talkSPORT.com has listed some of our favourite bits below…

Aymeric Laporte’s kindness

Aymeric Laporte is doing his bit to help people during the coronavirus pandemic

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Aymeric Laporte is doing his bit to help people during the coronavirus pandemic

Laporte paid €5,000 (£4,350) for a 2012 Olympic outfit worn by late boxer Alexis Vastine in an auction to help raise money for French health workers, before returning the item to his family.

Vastine died at the age of 28 when two helicopters crashed while filming a French reality TV show in Argentina in March 2015.

Cyril Dumoulin, who organised he auction, said: “When the facts speak more than words! Thank you @Laporte who won this auction with the wish to leave this outfit to his father! Your talent is great, your heart too !!!”

Laporte replied: “It’s nice thank you especially to you for your action against the virus and these auctions that help those who need it most. See you soon.”

Stiliyan Petrov helping his former Aston Villa teammate Gabriel Agbonlahor

Last month, Agbonlahor announced on social media he was self-isolating after coming down with coronavirus symptoms.

He fully recovered… with an assist from Petrov.

Agbonlahor, who played with Petrov at Aston Villa, told talkSPORT: “My good friend Stiliyan Petrov and his wife live about five minutes away and kept leaving stuff on my doorstep, vitamins and different things.

“I love Stiliyan, he’s a good guy and I owe a lot to him, and my next door neighbour who was helping a lot of as well.

“It was good to get over it and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone!”

Wayne Rooney reminiscing over his iconic tweet

It appeared to take Rooney a bit of time to get used to Twitter.

In April 2011, he sent out a public tweet saying: “Hi rio do u want picking up in the morning pal”.

We can only assume the tweet was meant to be sent as a private message to his then Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand.

It has always been brought up again and again by football fans on the social media app – and Rooney has joined in on the fun.

On Thursday, quoting his iconic tweet, he said: “9 years ago today. Time flies…..”

Roberto Firmino’s no-look goals in his garden

Firmino’s no-look goals have become a trademark of his over the years.

And he is putting in the practice during lockdown.

The Liverpool striker slotted four no-look shots past his wife in his garden in a video uploaded on his Instagram Story.

Liverpool fans will be craving to see more Firmino magic when football returns.

British boxer delivers meals to NHS workers

Unbeaten British boxer Sam Cox works for Powerday, a waste management company, who have teamed up with London Irish rugby club to help workers at hospitals and medical facilities in London receive food as they continue to battle COVID-19.

The bantamweight, who has been undefeated in his first five fights, told talkSPORT: “We have full PPE provided by Powerday; gloves, masks etcetera.

Sam Cox is a 5-0 bantamweight helping deliver meals to NHS staff

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Sam Cox is a 5-0 bantamweight helping deliver meals to NHS staff

“Basically, we have a contract with each hospital, we turn up outside and in some hospitals the nurse will come down and pick it up off us.

“And there are between 50-100 meals per hospital depending on what they need and then others we deliver it to reception or give it to someone who comes down. But we are pretty much in the thick of it.”

Stay safe, Sam!

Sheffield United thanking the NHS

Following the weekly show of support for the NHS on Thursday at 8pm, Sheffield United expressed their gratitude in a unique way.

The Premier League club had a message projected on to the Bramall Lane pitch saying ‘NHS THANK YOU’.

It was another reminder of how appreciative everyone is of the NHS’ efforts during these testing times.

Raheem Sterling’s message to Trent Alexander-Arnold after losing on FIFA 20

Sterling and Alexander-Arnold met in the ePremier League Invitational semi-finals on FIFA 20.

Despite being 2-0 down with 15 minutes to play, Alexander-Arnold secured a 3-2 victory over his England teammate.

The Liverpool defender must be used to heroic comebacks by now following last year’s 4-0 win against Barcelona, after being 3-0 down from the first leg, to reach the Champions League final.

And Sterling knows it, too.

He tweeted: “Swear this guy really knows how to complete comebacks… good luck in the final bro.”

Memphis Depay’s rap tribute to Virgil van Dijk

Depay paid tribute to Van Dijk in the form of a rap song.

The pair are two of the Netherlands’ best players, but have had contrasting experiences in the Premier League.

Depay failed to make an impact at Manchester United in a two-year spell, while Van Dijk starred for Southampton before helping Liverpool win a sixth Champions League trophy.

And Depay cheekily ended his song by wishing Van Dijk had joined United instead of Liverpool!

Virgil van Dijk is regarded as one of the world’s best defenders

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Virgil van Dijk is regarded as one of the world’s best defenders

He rapped: “It is on. Captain of the nation, What move will he make? And I didn’t forget, The days in the rain. He is a leader, woah. He is the boss on the field,

“He comes in with corners. Header, With great force, woah. He doesn’t take anything from anyone, just money. Van Dijk, he is everyone’s Dutch hero. Van Dijk, watch out, he strikes.

“You know, we don’t lie, Dutchman, he is fly. Van Dijk, man. I wish you signed man, not for Liverpool, but for Man United.”





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