We miss the buildup, the passing, the precision that precede a goal, as much as we do the ensuing ecstasy and the tailor-made celebrations. With goals galore all across Europe this past season, it’s hard to recall one particular move of exquisite beauty. We’ve done that for you, and now all you need to do is pick the one that defined an entire season. Can a goal make (or break) someone’s career? We’re eager to hear what you have to say. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao, Copa del Rey final) FC Barcelona’s star attacker Lionel Messi scored a fantastic goal against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final last month. Barcelona had won the game 3-1 to lift the title and Messi had scored the opening goal. The Argentine genius ran down the right flank where he was marked by three opponent players. He dodged past one of them, nutmegged another defender and entered the penalty box. […]

Week in, week out in football, teams thrive for excellence with a view to claiming a piece of silverware or two at the end of the season and leaving their mark over the references of that season in the annals of history. However, in the longer run, the significance of the titles won is reduced only to bragging rights for the respective set of fans. A complete football season, in retrospect, is remembered for the majestic moments it produced, the artistry players offered on show and several nerve-wracking episodes that later defined the nature of the season that was. We, at TheHardTackle, completely understand the sentimental attachment the several matches played this season will hold in football memoirs yet to be written. Hence with this category of awards, we present the five nominations for the match of the season.   1. Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona (UEFA Champions League, Round of 16, First Leg) The world was left stunned on the 16th […]