Rocket Ronny Misses A Sitter
A lot of devoted Liverpool fans will remember one Ronny Rosenthal who did his bit for the famous Liverpool side of the early 90s. When Rocket Ronny was brought to Anfield for a fee of £1.1m , he became the first foreign player to have been brought to an English club at a fee more than £1m. The Israeli made a decent name for himself among the Scousers, playing in the left of the midfield and often scoring goals running down the middle of the park.
But, any ardent football fan will remember Ronny for one particular incident that happened in the beginning of the 1992 season against Aston Villa. After receiving the ball from a goal-kick, Ronny went past a defender, followed by the goal-keeper and was left with an open net to score the easiest possible goal. As faith had it in store, Ronny would smash the ball into the cross-bar shocking everybody in the stadium and probably himself too.
Di Canio Can Be A Commando
Paolo Di Canio was easily one of the most exciting Italian strikers to have had never played for the Italian senior team. After plying his trade at an assortment of Italian clubs, he shifted base to England, joining Sheffield Wednesday, where he would be the club’s top scorer and a fan favorite in the first season. Unfortunately, great players are often subjected to that one moment of madness that almost defines their career despite having done amazingly well in other aspects of the game.
In a game against Arsenal at Hillsborough in September, 1998, Di Canio had a tiff with Arsenal’s Martin Keown, wherein the Italian ended up pushing the Gunner Center Back, even hitting him a couple of times. The referee Paul Ancock brandished a red card straight-away to Canio. The Italian was not done yet, he went ahead and even pushed the referee after he was done with the Gunners, earning himself a hefty fine and 11 games ban. Though Di Canio would later move on to West Ham and gain cult status among fans there, this particular incident would almost define the career of the ‘hot-headed’ Di Canio.
…And The Oscar Does Not Go To Rivaldo
Former Barcelona legend Rivaldo, one of the most elegant footballers to have had ever donned the famous Brazilian Yellow and Green, had done his bit in creating a big name for himself among the fans during the late 90s and early 2000s. His first touch, acrobatics, combination with star striker Ronaldo was a thing of enchantment for football fans world over.
Despite all this, there is one particular incident which is the highlight of Rivaldo’s career, a ‘scene’ permanently imprinted into football fans talking about play-acting. In the 2002 World Cup, in a game against Turkey, Rivaldo was to take a corner-kick as Turkish International Hakan Unsal kicked a football at the Brazilian’s leg at a pace which would ideally tickle a few bones. In the worst play-acting display in football history, which would even make Sergio Busquets have a good laugh, Rivaldo fell over holding his face and writhing in pain as though being hit by a sawed-off shotgun from close range while the referee showed the dreaded red card to Unsal.
A Slap On The Rich With A Scorpion-Kick
Coming from a famous football family, Jamie Redknapp was fed with a silver spoon in his youth as he made the jump into senior football. Son of famous football manager, Harry and cousin of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, Redknapp played in the England team in the mid 90s.
In a drab affair against Columbia at Wembley in 1995, Redknapp gathered a pass well outside the keeper’s box and unconvincingly tried chipping the eccentric Rene Higuita from distance. The keeper could have easily gathered the ball with his arms and would have never made the pages of history. But, instead, with an acrobatic and quite silly ‘Scorpion Kick’, Higuita would clear the football from the goal-mouth leaving the rich and famous Jamie Redknapp to live the rest of his life in embarrassment from that incident.
Kieron Dyer And Lee Bowyer Raise The Stupidity Bar
When the term stupidity was defined, there was a certain threshold kept in mind, given to understand that no acts of stupidity can possibly overhaul that calculated threshold. Well, human behavior creates new benchmarks, sets up new standards in different facets of football all the time; stupidity wasn’t to be left behind either. There have been many incidents wherein footballers have gone physical with opponent team-mates resulting in red cards, but what about going a bit mental against your own team-mate?
In one of the most infamous incidents of football history, in April 2005, Newcastle United was taking on Aston Villa in a league game. While the game was going in the Aston Villa half, to everybody’s bemusement, Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer, the Magpies midfield pair, would get into a shocking physical combat wherein Bowyer’s jersey would be torn apart. Gareth Barry from the opposition team, who would later score two penalties that evening, would take matters in his hand by coming in the middle and taking Bowyer off the scene. A visibly upset captain Alan Shearer would try to talk some sense into Bowyer as the referee would sent off both players ‘from the same team’ in an incident considered funny and utterly frivolous at the same time. How stupid can you get, after all?