Earlier this week we interviewed Justin Salhani and his favourite football moment was Riquelme’s ridiculous nutmeg on Yepes for Boca Juniors. It was obscene.
When we shared a few people said it had nothing on Redondo’s nutmeg on Henning Berg in the Champions League for Real Madrid v Manchester United. So for once and for all lets settle it.
First up Redondo, who when Real Madrid faced Manchester United at Old Trafford managed a forward back heel nutmeg on Henning Berg and the played the perfect cross to Raul for a tap in.
This goal was selected by Philippe Auclair in his favourite football shirt interview.
In terms of sheer beauty, Raul’s goal to make it 3-0 in the 3-2 win by Real Madrid at Old Trafford in April 2000. What I regret is that clips of this goal never include the first telling pass in that move, a lovely scoop by Steve McManaman to send Redondo – one of my all-time favourite players – racing on the left flank. The rest, the ‘forward back-heel’ past Henning Berg, the measured cross, Raul’s perfect run and ‘easy’ finish, everyone knows about.
It was on the biggest stage there is and the skill was not only immense it also set up a goal.
So what about Riquelme. This was in the Super Clasico for Boca Juniors v River Plate. He was coming up against Yepes and when being tightly marked managed to twist his body and roll the ball through the defenders legs.
This bit of skill didn’t lead to a goal but it did have one of the greatest commentary moments of all time. Watch the above to the end and turn up the sound. Showtime.
Both pieces of skill are glorious. Both came in huge matches and both were done by deep lying Argentinian midfielders. For me Redondo’s wins it as the nutmeg led to a massive goal but lets us know in the comments below.
Update. We asked the good people of twitter and the results are in. Riquelme steals it!!