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Marianna Sargsyan

31-12-2021 | 12:17 Football
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TOP 10 Memorable Football Moments of 2021

It has been another wonderful year in football, with our favourite game once again providing fans all over the world with plenty of excitement. 2021 was full of memorable football moments that are worth reminiscing. From Italy capturing the crown of EURO 2020 to Argentina finally getting the chance of winning the desirable Copa America trophy. So, we decided to take a look back and make a list of the TOP 10 best football moments of 2021.  

Which are the TOP 10 Memorable Football Moments of 2021?

1. Super League's contorversial story

European Super League - TOP 10 Memorable Football Moments of 2021 Image Source - Twitter The Super League is probably football's biggest ever controversy. However, it collapsed before a ball was kicked in the competition after being abandoned by the six English clubs, leaving the Spanish and Italian participants stranded. The Super League project was overseen by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez, who also signed up Barcelona and Atlético Madrid in Spain, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan from Italy.

2. Italy’s EURO 2020 triumph

Italy's EURO 2020 triumph - TOP 10 Memorable Football Moments of 2021 Image Source - Getty Images Italy wrecked England’s EURO 2020 party at Wembley stadium, winning a tense final on penalties and prolong their 55-year wait for a second major title. Roberto Mancini’s men recovered from the shock of conceding the quickest goal ever in a European Championship final to claim a 3-2 shootout victory. It is the second time Italy have been crowned European champions, coming back after an embarrassment of failing even to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

3. Argentina’s Copa America triumph

Argentina’s Copa America triumph - TOP 10 Memorable Football Moments of 2021 Image Source - Getty Images

Argentina's success over the Brazilians in Rio was not just Messi's first major trophy for the Albiceleste but his country's first continental honour in 28 years.

They had last tasted success at a major tournament in 1993 when the great Gabriel Batistuta’s double gave them a 2-1 win over Mexico in the Copa final in Ecuador. In a contrast of emotions, Messi's opposite number 10 and former Barcelona teammate Neymar dropped to his knees in tears at the final whistle.

4. Leo Messi’s 7th Ballon d’Or

Leo Messi's 7'th Ballon d'Or - TOP 10 Memorable Football Moments of 2021 Image Source - Getty Images Following the superstar's first trophy with his national team Argentina, the smell of the seventh Ballon d'Or was more than noticeable. Besides the triumph of Copa America, Messi also made 56 appearances in 2021, where he scored 41 goals and provided 17 assists. Messi was the strong favourite this year and beat Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho and Karim Benzema to the award which he also won in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019.

5. Leo Messi’s transfer to PSG

Leo Messi’s transfer to PSG - TOP 10 Memorable Football Moments of 2021 Image Source - Getty Images The Argentine star was set to extend his 21-year stay at Barcelona by signing a new five-year deal this summer, but the club announced that "financial and structural obstacles" prevented the contract to be fulfilled. Messi signed a two-year deal with option for a third, worth £25m per year after tax. Of course, this was the most heartbreaking ever news for all Barca fans, yet the football legend seems to be enjoying himself in Paris.

6. Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford - TOP 10 Memorable Football Moments of 2021 Image Source - Getty Images Probably the second most anticipated and exciting transfer news of 2021. Manchester United fans proudly proclaimed that "there's only one Ronaldo" as Cristiano Ronaldo made his return to Old Trafford. At 36 years and seven months old, he had now surpassed Ryan Giggs as the oldest player to score a brace for the Red Devils.

7. Robert Lewandowski’s Golden Shoe award

Robert Lewandowski’s Golden Shoe award - TOP 10 Memorable Football Moments of 2021 Image Source - Getty Images Robert Lewandowski has been honoured with the European Golden Shoe as the continent's top goalscorer in the 2020/21 season. The Bayern Munich star enjoyed a stellar 2021, smashing 69 goals in 55 appearances, breaking the record for the most Bundesliga goals in a calendar year. Lewandowksi’s brilliant efforts have helped Bayern and Poland national team to clinch dozens of victories.

8. Potential huge transfers that remained talks

8.Potential huge transfers that remained talks Image Source - Getty Images There were loads of MASSIVE potential transfers in 2021 summer window that could be easily fulfilled but failed. Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Harry Kane to Manchester City, Jules Kounde to Chelsea... This range can still go on. Despite, other major PL transfers like Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, Jack Grealish to Man City and Cristiano Ronaldo to Man United were successfully completed.

9. New leaders in top European leagues

9.New leaders in top European leagues Image Source - Getty Images One of the most memorable moments of 2021 was the appearance of new leaders in Europe's top leagues. In the Italian Serie A, Inter Milan were sensationally crowned as champions having a difference of 12 points with the 2nd placed AC Milan. Spain's La Liga was also full of surprises, as Atletico Madrid beat giants Real Madrid and Barcelona to capture the title.

Lille OSC's triumph was a sensation as well. The French club enjoyed an amazing season having been crown as the Ligue 1 champions leaving PSG behind.

10. Chelsea UCL Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League triumph

10.Chelsea UCL Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League triumph Image Source - Getty Images Although Chelsea were far from winning the Premier League title, 2021 was a majestic year for them. The Blues manages to get crowned the champions of Europe after beating Manchester City with a score of 0-1. This year, the final of UEFA Champions League was a typical British clash were the Londoners were the stronger side.  

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