7 unlikely heroes who made a career of their goal – from Federico Macheda and Antonin Panenka


Antonin Panenka is a great example of how one goal can make a difference in a player’s life and help them to be a part football’s history.

Panenka’s six teams represented football fans would find it difficult to name any of them. However, his famed penalty technique is still a popular part of the game.

Sergio Aguero might have left Manchester City in just one season at Etihad. But, his QPR title-winning goal would be a fond memory.

There are many other examples. Silver Screen Beats SportIt has been reduced to seven goals that define a player’s career.

Antonin Panenka vs Italy

Antonin Panenka scored his iconic penalty in the 1976 Euros final
Antonin Panenka won his famous penalty in the 1976 Euros final

Let’s start by setting the scene: It’s 1976 Euros Final, and Czechoslovakia have taken West Germany all of the way to penalties with the score at 2-2.

The first seven spot-kicks were converted, until Uli Hoeneß, of Germany, blasted the ball into Row Z, leaving Czechoslovakia on game point and Panenka stepping up.

Panenka weighed the nation’s weight and dribbled the ball to the middle of the goal in order to win the Euros.

He was described as a poet. The technique he developed for the game is still in use today.

What are your other goals that have defined a player’s career? Please share your thoughts in the comments section

Marco Tardelli vs West Germany

Italy player Marco Tardelli (r) celebrates after scoring the second goal in their 3-1 victory over West Germany in the 1982 FIFA World Cup Final at Santiago Bernabéu on July 11, 1982 in Madrid, Spain.
Tardelli’s famous celebration is one the most beloved images in football

Marco Tardelli is not an unremarkable hero. He was one of the most important players in his generation and one of the stars of Italy’s 1982 World Cup winning side.

Rarely is a player more connected to one moment in their professional career than Tardelli’s win in the World Cup final.

Tardelli launched the ball from the box’s edge into the corner in the bottom right, before setting off in his now-iconic celebration.

He raises his arms in disbelief and screams in disbelief.

Maxi Rodriguez vs Mexico

Maxi Rodriguez of Argentina scores in extra time during the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Round of 16 match between Argentina and Mexico played at the Zentralstadion on June 24, 2006 in Leipzig, Germany.
Maxi Rodriguez was the man who scored one of all-time World Cup goals, scoring with his volley

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Maxi Rodriguez is a name that’s largely forgotten in England. He was not even known within Merseyside. Maxi spent two years at Anfield, between 2010 and 2012.

Amazingly, Rodriguez, 40, is still playing for Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina.

Rodriguez, however, has chased the same high ever since 2006 when he scored one the World Cup’s most memorable strikes against Mexico.

Rodriguez was given a switch at the edge of the field. He took the ball and put it on his chest, before launching himself into the top corner.

Federico Macheda vs Aston Villa

Federico Macheda of Manchester United scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 5 2009, in Manchester, England.
This strike is fondly remembered by Macheda

Federico Macheda was a hot property in world football for a very short time in 2009. United seemed to have a real megastar.

Reality didn’t turn out that way, but Macheda is fondly remembered for his win against Aston Villa.

After Ryan Giggs handed the ball to Macheda, Macheda threw the ball behind his leg and then he tossed the ball in the corner.

It was one the four goals Panathinaikos scored for the Red Devils.

Man United vs Jermaine.

Beckford turned himself into a Leeds legend in the blink of an eye
In a flash, Beckford was transformed into a Leeds legend

Leeds United’s fall has been well documented. With the Whites in freefall, they gambled on Jermaine.

Beckford was a former player of non-league football, before he came to Elland Road.

Beckford, however, was a revelation and Leeds were able to get out of League One and into the Championship thanks to his goals.

But his greatest moment was when he was able pass the ball past Tomas Kuszczak, to knock Manchester United from the FA Cup in 2010.

Sergi Roberto vs PSG

Sergi Roberto of Barcelona (20) celebrates as he scores their sixth goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on March 8, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.
Sergi Roberto completed the greatest comeback.

Barca made the ultimate comeback when Sergi Roberto’s outstretched foot connected with Neymar’s cross to push Barcelona forward on aggregate in their Champions League clash versus PSG.

Barca was down 4-0 after Paris collapsed two weeks earlier. However, a remarkable second leg saw Barcelona win.

But it looked unlikely as Edinson-Cavani found the net to support PSG.

Barcelona had to win six more games in order to progress, and Roberto took the sixth game-winning goal in the 95th minute.

Divock Origi vs Barcelona

Divock Origi (right) celebrates scoring the 4th Liverpool goal during the Liverpool v Barcelona UEFA Champions League semi-final 2nd leg match at Anfield on May 7th 2019 in Liverpool
Origi’s legendary strike is still remembered

Barcelona received a major comeback from every Champions League moment.

Barcelona looked like he had completed the job in the first-leg but he soon collapsed at Anfield.

Origi’s strike was the best of the bunch. Trent Alexander-Arnold faked running away from the corner, before spinning and hitting the box with a driven cross.

The Belgian was awake and the only man to perform the move. He was gifted with a simple tap in.

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