Michael Ballack was a towering presence in Chelsea’s midfield.
The big German spent four years in West London, having left Bayern Munich to try his hand in a Premier League midfield.
And he was a hit at Stamford Bridge, helping Chelsea to a title in 2010, a League Cup and three FA Cups.
Scroll down to hear Motson’s cries of anguish…
Ballack had many great moments as a Chelsea player. His brace to see of Manchester United in April 2008 was perhaps his best performance, but we’ll always remember him fondly for one tiny but hilarious piece of John Motson commentary.
In October 2008, Chelsea brushed aside Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, beating the Midlands side 2-0, but it was Motson who stole the show on Match Of The Day.
If you’ve forgotten all about it, hear Motson roar here (35secs):
It isn’t what Motson says that’s so perfect, it’s all in the delivery. Motson is watching Chelsea at their slick and ruthless best. It’s as though watching Ballack, Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda and Frank Lampard tear into Villa has taken its toll on the wily old commentator, and finally, as Ballack arrives late into the box to cap a fine Chelsea move, his emotions get the better of him.
“Oh, Ballack!” Motson screams, like a 1960s head teacher admonishing a latecomer. But Ballack, presumably to further outrage Motson, drills his effort straight at the goalkeeper and it’s Anelka who knocks the ball home on the rebound.
Motson’s commentary is the closest things to perfection you’ll hear today. Plug your headphones in and listen to a legend of the broadcasting game teach you a lesson in comedy.