The best skills in the history of the UEFA Champions League? | UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League brings together the best players in the world. Great skills are learned with every game, but sometimes players achieve something that seems impossible.
As we celebrate 30 seasons of That #UCLFeeling, we ask you which of these six skills deserves to be named the best in UEFA Champions League history?
In the year 2021/22, UEFA is asking fans to vote for the most iconic moments since the name change of the European Cup in the early 90s. Therefore, 30 Seasons of That #UCLFeeling will give fans the chance to vote on everything from goals to memorable celebrations, unforgettable returns, sensational skills and impossible saves.
Three-key movement by Karim Benzema
Atlético 2-1 Real Madrid (aggregate 2-4)
05/10/2017, semi-final second leg
Karim Benzema’s timing, awareness and finish have been his calling cards during a successful Real Madrid career, but this phenomenal example of speed showed a different side to the Frenchman in this game. Marvel at how he manages to make a series of lightning-quick hits, taking out three defenders before setting Toni Kroos up for the goal that wiped out Atlético’s chance for a comeback.
“It was great from Benzema,” conceded home boss Diego Simeone, while Real Madrid coach Zinédine Zidane was nonetheless stunned: “I asked Benzema how he did it that and even he does not know it! “
Lionel Messi’s film
Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal (total: 4-3)
08/03/2011, round of 16 second leg
Andrés Iniesta’s ball to send Messi to goal for Arsenal’s opener was a thing of the past, but the touch with which the Argentinian cut the ball past Manuel Almunia belonged to a gallery.
AC Milan greats Paolo Maldini summed up Messi’s mercurial touch when he said: “He’s doing amazing things, at breakneck speed.” Raúl González of Real Madrid agreed: “The other day I saw one of his games. He was running with the ball at top speed, I don’t know how many touches he took, maybe five or six, but the ball was stuck to his foot, it’s practically impossible.
“Elastico” by Ronaldinho
Several times, with Barcelona and AC Milan
The most remarkable thing about Ronaldinho’s “elastico” brand – kicking the ball one way only to hang it up in the opposite direction – is that he has managed to do it so often.
“Effortless, relaxed, always smiling, he’s a genius with the ball,” said David Beckham, and Neymar agrees, adding: “No one can compare to Ronaldinho. I remember his games, his dribbling. I remember him. earn all the trophies at Camp Nou. “
Mesut Özil’s scoop
Ludogorets 2-3 Arsenal
01/11/2016, group stage
“Mesut, I mean we know you’re a good brother, but WOW!” Hector Bellerín tweeted after his Arsenal teammate made a turnaround in Bulgaria, Özil casually passing the ball over the goalkeeper. goal, then taking two defenders on the wrong foot before finishing.
As an art lover, Gunners boss Wenger must have been impressed, although he said he preferred his No 10 to play him a little more simply, harassing, “For me, it didn’t look like the optimal solution for a while, but was in the net, I thought. ”
Rodrigo Taddei’s sleight of hand
Olympiacos 0-1 Rome
10/18/2006, group stage
Rodrigo Taddei was nicknamed “The Smile” at Roma for the obvious joy he took in playing, saying: “Football has always given me everything I wanted.” His signature shot “The Aurelio” was dedicated to Roma assistant coach Aurelio Andrazzoli, who had seen the midfielder try this trick on the training ground and encouraged him to deploy it in a game. .
That opportunity presented itself in that group stage match in Piraeus, with Taddei scooping the ball behind one leg before throwing it in the opposite direction to fully throw his marker.
Jay-Jay Okocha Dink
Fenerbahçe 0-0 Manchester United
10/16/1996, group stage
When Okocha was playing for the Bolton Wanderers in England, Sir Alex Ferguson expressed his admiration for the Nigerian playmaker’s superb skills, saying: “Okocha is a fantastic player. I really love watching him.”
He might not have enjoyed the moment as much, with the crowd in Istanbul roaring 23-year-old Okocha as he bamboozled United’s Gary Neville. Such skills (and a few mind-blowing goals) made Okocha a fan favorite at Fenerbahçe.