Iconic: Five of the greatest hat-tricks in Champions League history

Karim Benzema produced a special Champions League performance as Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain this week, scoring a stunning hat-trick as the Spanish giants overturned a two-goal deficit to progress. Benzema scored three times inside the final half an hour as Real Madrid completed a stirring comeback, a clash with proved a perfect advert for … Read more

Hitmen: Five of the best Serie A strikers of the 90s

Serie A was home to the world’s best footballers during the nineties, an era in which Italian football boasted the biggest names and the brightest stars. There has arguably never been another period in which one domestic division possessed such a vast number of the premier players in the game, with nineties Serie A a … Read more

Remembering when a 21-year-old Ronaldo Nazario won the Ballon d’Or

For football fans of a certain vintage, it can be difficult to remember a time before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo dominated the highest level of the game, a duopoly which has seen 11 of the past 12 editions of the Ballon d’Or shared between the two iconic figures. The ‘rivalry’ between Messi and Ronaldo … Read more

Remembering when a 21-year-old R9 won the Ballon d’Or

Ronaldo Nazario’s explosive emergence remains, for some, the most exciting arrival of a superstar talent modern football has ever seen. The Brazilian burst onto the scene with an astonishing goal record for PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona, causing feverish excitement as his precocious talent tormented defences across the continent. Ronaldo twice broke the world transfer record … Read more

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