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The Big Game Changers In Football History

Big games are occasions when top players show true character. The tension, pressure, atmosphere at stadium, history etc., are the factors that must be overcome to prove your pedigree as a top notch player.

However, there are players who beat the odd to produce astounding performances in these games.

This article focuses on exceptional players who have proven over years that they can be relied upon to make a huge difference in these games


7. Ronaldinho

A player with exceptional abilities and technique. Notable for his 'snake-bite' skills that caused havoc in the opponents defence.

Ronaldinho scored some brilliant goals against big teams including arch- rivals Real Madrid. He was givien a standing ovation by the Bernabeu defence during one of their games at the Santiago Bernabeu due to his sublime performance.

He was at it again with his excellent goal against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League group stage. This is one player that splits defense apart with his speed, agility and dribbles.


6. Thierry Henry

He was nicknamed 'The Master' due to his amazing solo performance against Real Madrid in a UEFA Champions League game back in 2005.

Thierry Henry always stood up to big occasions during his time as a player. He is a legend at Arsenal and threat to any opposition.

He scored 56 goals against top opponents to establish his dominance and reliability to perform at his very best.

He guided his side to their first ever UEFA Champions League final in 2005 despite losing out to Barcelona in the finals.

His performances against the top teams isn't far fetched from his historic 4-times Golden boot award. He was recently inducted into the EPL Hall of Fame.


5. Andreas Iniesta

Andreas Iniesta is a magician and joy to watch on the pitch. His vision and ability to read games was his arsenal against opponents.

His side footed passes and ambidextrous style of play was key to Barcelona's successes during his time with the Catalans.

When it came to big games, this was one man that can cause havoc and heart breaks to the opposition when given a slightest chance.

Iniesta celebrates a last minute goal against Holland

It was evident on many occasions ranging from his last minute strike outside the 18-yard-against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions league Semi finals to the late goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup Finals to give them both Trophies.

Iniesta celebrates his goal against Chelsea in UEFA Champions League semifinal.


4. Lionel Messi

This is undoubtedly the Greatest player of all time. He is a very talented player with lots and lots of accolades to his name.

Messi has been superb against the top oppositions both in the domestic league and o Europe. He holds an incredible record against Athletico Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal etc. He never disappoints on big occasions, which is why he is six(6) times Ballon d'Or winner.

Messi celebrates his goal against Manchester United

He has scored in 29 cup finals with the most memorable been the header against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions league Final back in 2009. He's a big player for big games.


3. Sergio Ramos

The most decorated defender in the history of La Liga and one of the best in football history.

He contributed greatly to Madrid's three consecutive Champions League Glory between 2016-2018.

A stunning stoppage time header against Athletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final, twhich Real Madrid later won on the night will be one to remember.

Ramos celebrates his stoppage time goal against Athletico Madrid

He also played a major role in getting Liverpool's star Man-Mohammed Salah, injured during their Champions League final and went on to win the game. He doesn't stop proving himself on big occasions.


2. Cristiano Ronaldo.

He is a product of hardwork, determination and consistency. Cristiano Ronaldo has risen to big occasions starting from his time at the English Premier League.

He has scored over 90 goals against top oppositions across all competitions. Ronaldo takes pride in big games as he sees that as an opportunity to prove himself.

One of his memorable goals was an acrobatic over head kick against current club-Juventus, while at Real Madrid in a UEFA Champions League game.

Ronaldo scores an over head goal against Juventus

Cristiano holds the record for the highest number of goals(4) scored in a UEFA Champions League final which of course is against a top opposition.

He was also phenomenal in this country road to success in the UEFA Nations League, scoring a hat trick in the semi finals against Switzerland.

Currently, he's proving himself at the Euro 2020 championship, netting a brace against France and one against Germany in the group stages of the competition.


1. Didier Drogba

This is the greatest big game player in football history. His goal scoring record at Wembley Stadium during his stint at Chelsea gave him the title - King of Wembley.

Drogba is one of the finest players in the history of the premier league. He's notable for his prowess in the air, retention of ball, skill, strength and creativity. He has an amazing record when it comes to big games.

He has scored 10 goals in 10 finals throughout his career. Four of those coming in his four FA CUP finals. He has scored over 33 goals against the top sides with 13 of them coming against Arsenal, 11 against Liverpool etc.

While at Chelsea, he was phenomenal in their side Historic UEFA Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in 2012. He scored in the 88th minutes of the game to draw his side level, heading into extra time.

Drogba's equalizer against Bayern Munich in their Champions League game

The game was decided on penalties as he took the final spot kick to crown them champions of Europe. He will forever be remembered as a big game player in football history.

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