For a lot of people, Football is an important sport that touches their emotions. The sport is fast dynamic and exciting; people are addicted to it. Today let’s look at the top 10 best and popular football moments history will never forget:
10. Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt against Materazzi
Zidane is one of the best football players; in 2006, he played his last world cup match and took France to the finals almost all by himself. That match was intense, and the tension was thick in the air. After 90 minutes of tense play, something happened. Zidane and Materazzi of the opposing team exchanged some words leading to the famous headbutt. The violent display by Zidane earned him a red card. Zidane headbutt is a moment that stands out to fans and has gone down in history as one of the most popular football moments.
9. Diego Maradona’s hand of God
Diego Maradona is a legend in his own right; he is possibly the only football player to display almost Godly skill in Football. It was in 1986, during the FIFA World Cup when he showed off his prowess. He was playing against England, and after the English team restricted him for fifty minutes during the first half of the game, Maradona played a pass to his colleague Jorge Valdono, but this pass was also blocked. In a moment of unbelievable maneuvering, Maradona scored the most controversial goal ever scored.
8. Fabrics Muamba Returns
Muamba is another great football player; he has shown his talent repeatedly, but his name made the popular football moments list, not for his skill but his public heart attack. During his match against Tottenham for the FA cup, he collapsed. He suffered a cardiac arrest that stopped his heart for 78 minutes. Somehow he survived and made a full recovery. This moment was a tense life or death situation and will forever stay on football moments history.
7. Eduardo Scores on his Return
Eduardo fractured his leg badly in the February of 2008 and was told that he would never be able to play again, which was a heartbreaking moment for the player and fans.
A year after the fracture, Eduardo managed to return to the game. He made his comeback during the FA cup against Cardiff city. During this match, he scored a goal that stirred strong emotions in the player and the crowds.
6. Eric Abidal’s Come Back
Abidal was diagnosed with a liver tumour in 2011 and underwent surgery that same year because of it. During his comeback game the very next year, he played for 90 minutes successfully. His dedication to Football was what puts this moment on the list of popular football moments. He was for his commitment given the honour of carrying the winning trophy.
5. Carlisle United Saved by Jimmy Glass
Time was running out, and the clock was ticking fast. Carlisle United was tied with the opposing team, and this is when Jimmy Glass scored the most dramatic, eleventh-hour goal ever scored in the history of Football. At the last moment, he won the game in a breathtaking display of skill.
4. Iniesta’s Win for Dani Jarque
The world Cup of 2010 was an intense one, made more memorable by Andres Iniesta. Andres, during the world cup, scored the final goal against Spain. He then took off his shirt to reveal a second shirt underneath. This shirt read “Dani Jarque: Siempre con Nosotros” in English this translates to ‘Dani Jarque: always with us.
3. Petrov Returns to Villa Park
In 2012 Petrov was diagnosed with severe blood cancer or Leukemia. This forced him to take a leave from Football indefinitely. It was a sad moment for the player and his fans. He returned to watch the game and support his team in their match against Chelsea. During the game, he was honoured by the crowds in the 19th minute with standing applause. 19 was Petrov’s jersey number.
2. Sociedad and Athletic unite for Freedom
This is the most popular football moment in football history that has political routes. Two rival teams united for a cause on the stage set by Football. Spain at this time was a fascist country, and it was illegal to raise a flag for Basque or Catalan. Yet the two teams came together to do just that.
1. De Stefano Gives his Shirt to Eusebio
In 1262 Real Madrid played in the European cup final against Benfica. During this match, Real Madrid was leading with three goals to 2 until Eusebio turned the tables. After the final whistle De Stefano the then legend gave his shirt to Eusebio, the following legend, in a moment that can only be described as a passing of the torch.
Football has the power to move people, and there have been some remarkable football moments that have done just that.