Lionel Messi scores 50th goal of the year, Andy Robertson vs Rafinha, Fallon Sherrock in the darts, Dubois KO

With Christmas approaching, the sporting action heated up for the weekend of December 21/22.

History was made across varying disciplines, with Liverpool claiming their first Club World Cup in football and Fallon Sherrock once again winning at the Darts World Championships.

It’s impossible to keep across everything, so we’ve compiled a list of the five best things that happened.

Liverpool are on top of the world

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Liverpool are on top of the world

Dubois shows dynamite fists

As the British boxing’s rising star says, ‘if I land it right, it’s goodnight’ and Kyotaro Fujimoto will likely back that up.

The highly regarded heavyweight added his Japanese foe to an ever expanding highlight reel by flooring him with a single, brutal right hand at the Copper Box Arena in London.

Robbo’s revenge

As the end of the first half neared in the Club World Cup final, Sadio Mane was harshly booked for a foul on Rafinha, a decision which infuriated the Senegal international.

But rather than let his teammate react and get himself in more trouble, Andy Robertson reassured him he would exact his own form of revenge before the final whistle.

The Reds duo were walking off the pitch when Robertson appeared to tell Mane: “Sadio, I’ll get him don’t worry.”

And just seven minutes into the second half, Rafinha was duly dumped onto the turf by Robertson.

Sherrock does it again

Fallon Sherrock continues to wow fans at Ally Pally.

The 25-year-old, who made history by becoming the first woman to win a match at the world championship, beat the world number 11 Mensur Suljovic 3-1 and reach the third round of the PDC event.

Sherrock fought back from two legs down to win the first set, before Suljovic reversed the fortunes in the second.

“It feels amazing,” she told talkSPORT 2. “I’ve just taken out one of the best in the world and I’m still a bit speechless. It hasn’t sunk in about beating Ted, never mind Mensur.

“I’ve never had this many people behind me and supporting me while playing darts.

“It will all sink when the tournament finishes.”

Asked how she will prepare for the next round, against Chris Dobey, Sherrock explained preparation will be much the same.

I’m just going to put a little bit more practise in for the longer format.”

Another year to remember for Messi

Lionel Messi has scored 50 calendar year goals for the ninth time in 10 years.

Barcelona beat Alaves 4-1 and maintained their position at the top of the table, while they remained unbeaten at home in 2019.

Ernesto Valverde told Spanish media: “It is an enormous advantage we have, when Leo appears and can get you a goal from anywhere.

“We’ve come from a very intense match on Wednesday and when you make it 2-0, it seems to be an important gap, but I don’t think so.

“In this game we were especially interested in not having any fright, [as we were] aware that Alaves could hurt us.

“We are leaving [2019] with a good feeling, because we know [the league] is long.”

Messi began the decade by scoring 60 times in all competitions, then scored 59 the following year before an incredible 91 goals in 2012.

In 2013, Messi scored 45 goals, then it was 58, 52, 59, 54, 51 and now 50.

When you have Lionel Messi in your side, anything is possible

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When you have Lionel Messi in your side, anything is possible

Gary Neville’s brilliant reaction to David de Gea’s howler

Manchester United favourite Gary Neville interrupted Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho’s pre-match interview on Sunday with his reaction to David de Gea’s howler against Watford.

Neville watched on in disbelief as the Spaniard fumbled a tame effort from Ismaila Sarr into his own net to give the hosts a second-half lead.

Gary Neville can not believe his eyes after watching David De Gea’s howler

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Gary Neville can not believe his eyes after watching David De Gea’s howler

And while Mourinho was conducting his interview with Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves, the former Red Devils defender can be heard giving his reaction to the Hornets opener, saying: “Look at that! Oh my…,”

Shreeves then turned to the Portuguese boss to ask him about Neville’s reaction, jokingly questioning his colleagues professionalism.

He said: “Jose, can I have your opinion on the unprofessional nature of Gary Neville?

“You and I are doing a professional interview and he falls to the floor in disgust. What does that tell you about his lack of standards?”

Mourinho responded, chuckling: “I think Gary cannot hide his hide his United connections, but he’s a very good pundit.”

The Special One then walked towards the TV monitor himself to view the incident, and looked surprised himself at the manner of the error.