What we’ve beloved in sport: Memphis Depay wishing Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk joined Manchester United in rap track, Wayne Rooney’s banter, Aymeric Laporte’s kindness

As all of us proceed to crave the return of sport, there have nonetheless been some memorable moments to maintain us going.

From Roberto Firmino’s no-look photographs in his backyard to Stiliyan Petrov serving to his former Aston Villa teammate Gabriel Agbonlahor, has listed a few of our favorite bits beneath…

Aymeric Laporte’s kindness

Aymeric Laporte is doing his bit to assist individuals throughout the coronavirus pandemic
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Laporte paid €5,000 (£4,350) for a 2012 Olympic outfit worn by late boxer Alexis Vastine in an public sale to assist elevate cash for French well being staff, earlier than returning the merchandise to his household.

Vastine died on the age of 28 when two helicopters crashed whereas filming a French actuality TV present in Argentina in March 2015.

Cyril Dumoulin, who organised he public sale, stated: “When the information communicate greater than phrases! Thanks @Laporte who received this public sale with the want to depart this outfit to his father! Your expertise is nice, your coronary heart too !!!”

Laporte replied: “It’s good thanks particularly to you in your motion in opposition to the virus and these auctions that assist those that want it most. See you quickly.”

Stiliyan Petrov serving to his former Aston Villa teammate Gabriel Agbonlahor

Final month, Agbonlahor introduced on social media he was self-isolating after coming down with coronavirus signs.

He absolutely recovered… with an help from Petrov.

Agbonlahor, who performed with Petrov at Aston Villa, advised talkSPORT: “My good good friend Stiliyan Petrov and his spouse reside about 5 minutes away and saved leaving stuff on my doorstep, nutritional vitamins and various things.

“I really like Stiliyan, he’s a great man and I owe loads to him, and my subsequent door neighbour who was serving to a whole lot of as nicely.

“It was good to recover from it and I wouldn’t want it on anybody!”

Wayne Rooney reminiscing over his iconic tweet

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

In April 2011, he despatched out a public tweet saying: “Hello rio do u need choosing up within the morning pal”.

We are able to solely assume the tweet was meant to be despatched as a non-public message to his then Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand.

It has at all times been introduced up time and again by soccer followers on the social media app – and Rooney has joined in on the enjoyable.

On Thursday, quoting his iconic tweet, he stated: “9 years in the past in the present day. Time flies…..”

Roberto Firmino’s no-look targets in his backyard

Firmino’s no-look targets have change into a trademark of his over time.

And he’s placing within the apply throughout lockdown.

The Liverpool striker slotted 4 no-look photographs previous his spouse in his backyard in a video uploaded on his Instagram Story.

Liverpool followers will likely be craving to see extra Firmino magic when soccer returns.

British boxer delivers meals to NHS staff

Unbeaten British boxer Sam Cox works for Powerday, a waste administration firm, who’ve teamed up with London Irish rugby membership to assist staff at hospitals and medical amenities in London obtain meals as they proceed to battle COVID-19.

The bantamweight, who has been undefeated in his first 5 fights, advised talkSPORT: “Now we have full PPE offered by Powerday; gloves, masks etcetera.

Sam Cox is a 5-Zero bantamweight serving to ship meals to NHS employees
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“Principally, we have now a contract with every hospital, we flip up exterior and in some hospitals the nurse will come down and decide it up off us.

“And there are between 50-100 meals per hospital relying on what they want after which others we ship it to reception or give it to somebody who comes down. However we’re just about within the thick of it.”

Keep secure, Sam!

Sheffield United thanking the NHS

Following the weekly present of help for the NHS on Thursday at 8pm, Sheffield United expressed their gratitude in a singular method.

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

It was one other reminder of how appreciative everyone seems to be of the NHS’ efforts throughout these testing occasions.

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

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

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

The Liverpool defender have to be used to heroic comebacks by now following final 12 months’s 4-Zero win in opposition to Barcelona, after being 3-Zero down from the primary leg, to succeed in the Champions League ultimate.

And Sterling is aware of it, too.

He tweeted: “Swear this man actually is aware of easy methods to full comebacks… good luck within the ultimate bro.”

Memphis Depay’s rap tribute to Virgil van Dijk

Depay paid tribute to Van Dijk within the type of a rap track.

The pair are two of the Netherlands’ greatest gamers, however have had contrasting experiences within the Premier League.

Depay did not make an influence at Manchester United in a two-year spell, whereas Van Dijk starred for Southampton earlier than serving to Liverpool win a sixth Champions League trophy.

And Depay cheekily ended his track by wishing Van Dijk had joined United as an alternative of Liverpool!

Virgil van Dijk is thought to be one of many world’s greatest defenders

He rapped: “It’s on. Captain of the nation, What transfer will he make? And I didn’t neglect, The times within the rain. He’s a frontrunner, woah. He’s the boss on the sphere,

“He is available in with corners. Header, With nice pressure, woah. He doesn’t take something from anybody, simply cash. Van Dijk, he’s everybody’s Dutch hero. Van Dijk, be careful, he strikes.

“You already know, we don’t lie, Dutchman, he’s fly. Van Dijk, man. I want you signed man, not for Liverpool, however for Man United.”

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