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There are many great performances in the UCL Finals, but there are also some standout performances that have become iconic. This article looks at the goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Didier Drogba, as well as Casemiro’s midfield performance against Real Madrid.
RONALDO’S PERFORMANCE AGAINST THE UNITED
Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance against United in the Champions League Finals has won the hearts of many. The Portuguese forward scored a hat-trick and laid on an assist for Park Ji-Sung, who scored the opener. He also netted from a 40-meter free-kick. When he saw the ball, he cut inside and struck an unstoppable effort past Manuel Almunia. He added a third on the hour.
The first leg of the Champions League Finals was an exciting one. Both sides were under a lot of pressure and United looked dangerous at times. However, the first leg was a draw and United was under pressure throughout the game. The second leg was held in Madrid. Ronaldo’s performance against United in the UCL Finals was excellent, but there were a few flaws in the team’s performance.
LIONEL MESSI’S PERFORMANCE AGAINST THE UNITED
Rio Ferdinand discussed the performance of Lionel Messi against Manchester United in the UCL Finals. Barcelona dominated Manchester United at Wembley to win the final 3-1. Rio played on defense against Messi and tried to stop the Argentinean. On his podcast ‘Five Formations’, Ferdinand discussed Messi’s performance in the game.
Despite the fact that Messi did not score and did not provide an assist, he was an important part of the game and was undoubtedly the best player on the pitch. It was possible to see this as just another average Messi display, but the fact is that he is operating at a higher level than any of his teammates. In addition to Messi, there were other strong candidates to be named man of the match.
Barcelona was dominating and enjoyed 68 percent of the possession and had 22 shots in the first half. But United equalized in the second half through Wayne Rooney, who side-footed home from 15 yards after exchanging passes with Ryan Giggs. However, Messi remained an important player and made Manchester United pay for it. Despite the pressure, his dribbling was a major threat for United.
DIDIER DROGBA’S PERFORMANCE AGAINST REAL MADRID
Didier Drogba’s performance during the UCL Finals against Real Madrid will go down in history as one of the best of his career. The midfielder is one of the greatest to have graced the game, and his performance against Real Madrid in the UCL Final is a perfect example of this. The Frenchman scored a spectacular left-footed volley in the 2002 UCL Finals.
Didier Drogba has played in nine major finals for Chelsea and has scored eight of them. However, his performance against Real Madrid in the 2008 Champions League final has been marred by controversy. After a petulant kick toward Nemanja Vidic, the striker was sent off in the final, and Chelsea went on to lose the match on penalties.
CASEMIRO’S PERFORMANCE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PARK
Casemiro is a five-time Champions League winner and oozes class when he’s on the ball. His partnership with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos forms a formidable midfield trio. Their combination could be regarded as one of the best in the history of European football.
Casemiro’s goal against Atletico Madrid was particularly remarkable. The striker’s effort deflected off Marquinhos and went over Alphonse Areola. It was an extraordinary goal, especially considering that Atletico had not won in the Wanda Metropolitano for nearly two years, and Real Madrid needed to win to stay in the title race.
The Brazilian played a key role in the Real Madrid campaign, being fourth in the Champions League regarding ball recovery and tackles, and helping his team win their 14th Champions League title. Casemiro also scored a crucial goal in the 2-1 victory over Juventus. He also has an impressive list of international trophies to his name, having won three while playing for the youth team and three in the senior squad. Despite his success at Real Madrid, he had limited success with the Brazilian national team.
DIDIER CECH’S PERFORMANCE AGAINST THE UNITED
Didier Cech’s performance against Manchester United in the UCL Finals has garnered much attention, and his impressive record against the Red Devils is a testament to that. The keeper was a nemesis of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi during his time at Chelsea. He scored both goals in Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal in February 2016. The goalkeeper is expected to retire from international football in 2019, and his retirement from UEFA competitions is not far off.
It is almost an art to win a football match. Cech was, in his prime, arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, and was regarded as the best in the world during his eight years in London. However, despite winning all the domestic honors in his career, he had never won any European trophies. When he was a part of the Chelsea team, however, the Champions League became their obsession. It was the one thing Roman Abramovich had not yet been able to buy.