Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho scored a large number of stunners during his time at the club but one particular strike lives longest in the memory.
When the Brazilian took to the Stamford Bridge pitch on 8 March 2005 with his Catalan team no one knew that he would score such an iconic goal in one of the Champions League’s best-ever games.
Chelsea, down 2-1 from the first leg at the Camp Nou, had taken a shocking 3-0 lead inside 20 minutes with goals from Eidur Gudjohnsen (8′), Frank Lampard (17′) and Damien Duff (19′).
Ronaldinho pulled one back for Barca from the spot in the 27th minute before producing the moment of magic 11 minutes later.
The ball dropped to him on the edge of Chelsea’s box but he was immediately surrounded by at least four Blues defenders.
With seemingly no way out, Ronaldinho did an outrageous shimmy and toe-poked the ball past the defenders and past goalkeeper Petr Cech into the corner of the net.
The goal left the Chelsea players and their fans stunned.
It was an even more important strike for Barcelona as it put them ahead on away goals.
Chelsea eventually scored a fourth goal through John Terry in the second half to take them through but even the loss for Barcelona couldn’t take the shine off Ronaldinho’s goal.
There’ve even been suggestions that due to the level of difficulty, the ingenuity, the moment and the opponent, it might actually be the best goal scored in the Champions League.
Unarguably one of the best UCL goals ever. Ronaldinho!
— Temidayo E. Ayodele (@TemmieD1) March 8, 2019
Unforgettable, pure magic.
— Eng. Khalil🇸🇦🇺🇸 (@RMD_DON) March 8, 2019
That’s honestly one of the most ridiculous goals I’ve ever seen
— Alex Harvey (@AlexHarvey7272) March 8, 2019
For me one of the most spectacular goals in my Lifetime. I was born 90‘ and this goal from @10Ronaldinho is one of my favourites 🙏💯⚽️
— Mois (@Moiis_T) March 8, 2019
I don’t care what these stage performers do that is the most iconic shimmy in the history of the world
— Faraz Junaid (@zatchbache) March 8, 2019
Take a look at the goal below:
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 8, 2019