?One of the best things about the modern-day internet is that pretty much everything gets made into a meme about three seconds after it actually happens. Even footballers aren’t safe.
This week, there were plenty of incidents which got well and truly 2019-ed on social media, and we were there to lap up each and every funny one.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the finest.
So, we all know that ?Cristiano Ronaldo is not a normal human being. The ?Juventus man has made a career out of doing things which most people can only dream of, but he reached new heights (pun very much intended) against Sampdoria.
Ronaldo jumped higher than the crossbar to head home in his side’s 2-1 win. Over two-and-a-half metres of air – more than the average NBA player can manage.
Are we even surprised anymore?
Non league lads 0.5cm off the floor doing comparison pics with Ronaldo #turnips
— Alex Frost (@Alex_Frost85) December 20, 2019
As there is with any Ronaldo highlight, the army of ‘?Messi could never’ believers was out in full force, but that works both ways…
You Can’t Win Anything With Kids
?Liverpool’s success came back to bite them in the you-know-where this week. Their senior stars jetted off to Qatar to compete in the Club World Cup, leaving behind a crop of academy stars who were tasked with facing ?Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Needless to say, it did not end well.
The youngest side in Liverpool history were unapologetically thumped 5-0, and Twitter showed no mercy.
Worst performance I have ever seen from the Liverpool starting 11, made it look like we were fielding our youth team… disgraceful #KloppOut
— suhayl (@suhaaayl) December 18, 2019
The two sides are set to meet again in April, but Liverpool will actually be able to play their stars this time.
It finally arrived! El Clásico! The most hyped and eventful match in Europe! Yeah!
?Barcelona and ?Real Madrid were supposed to put on an instant hit to decide a leader at the top of La Liga, but they ended up labouring to a 0-0 draw in one of the least classic Clásicos you’re ever likely to see.
?Unsurprisingly, fans were not best pleased.
Rubbbbbbbbishhhhh, complete rubbish. What a waste of my time. Why didn’t Madrid win this match? #ElClasico
— Sylvia Iwong Ugi (@vivasyl) December 18, 2019
“Ernesto Valverde is my name,
Breaking records is my game”
Man just broke a 17-year long record of a clasico not ending in a goal-less draw. The legend of Ernie-taka continues?? #ElClasico pic.twitter.com/9hURPhJwqf
— Swastik Rath (@swastik_rath) December 18, 2019
If you haven’t guessed, the game wasn’t exactly great.
However, that’s not what this guy thought.
The match was played in Camp Nou, Barcelona’s home. Real Madrid played very well. The best #elClasico I watched in many years. #HalaMadrid
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) December 18, 2019
Erling Haaland’s Transfer Merry-Go-Round
Quite a funny response by Håland but the shirts he is “signing” are shirts you’d expect him to have:
• RB Salzburg: current club
• Molde: breakout club
• Leeds: father’s shirt
• Napoli: UCL opponent
• Bryne: first club
Why would he have a #mufc shirt? pic.twitter.com/oDDEGrUtC6
— ? (@utdrobbo) December 17, 2019
Red Bull Salzburg hitman Erling Haaland is one of the hottest prospects in football these days, and he knows it.?
The teenager has been having fans’ lives online, and it all started at a shirt-signing event where Haaland chose to sign six different shirts, including ?Manchester United, ?Napoli and ?Leeds United, before posting them all on his Instagram.
He was then said to have hopped on a flight to Manchester to meet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but his representatives chose to have some fun with the whole story.
He wasn’t the only one having a laugh, as many on Twitter chose to get involved with the joke.
I’m at Manchester Airport and guess who I just spotted? He was trying to keep a low profile but I managed to get a snap. I don’t think he saw me. Hopefully you can make him out in the crowd. Welcome to United Erling Haaland. #Haaland #MUFC pic.twitter.com/Bl7Zxwdp4x
— Simon Winter (@SimonJWinter) December 20, 2019
One of my mates’ dad actually works as a taxi driver in Manchester airport. Apparently he picked up Erling Håland 10 minutes ago. Apparently he got in the car a bit tipsy with a glass of eggnog whilst chanting “why don’t City f*ck off home.”
— Ryan. ? (@Vintage_Utd) December 20, 2019
A friend of mine is driving a taxi in Manchester.
He picked up Håland today and was driving him to Carrington when he noticed the “Europa League” anthem in his car.
Apparently, it was Håland’s phone. He answered it and told the deal was done.
— ?™ (@TheFergusonEra) December 20, 2019
With all these reports of Haaland on a plane to Manchester, just remember then somewhere over the North of England, Bruno Fernandes is still on a private jet that’s been flying since August and is still yet to land. But we wait in hope!
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) December 20, 2019
For more from Tom Gott, follow him on Twitter!