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17 Years Ago, John O'Shea Nutmegged Luis Figo And It's Still One Of Football's Greatest Moments

17 Years Ago, John O'Shea Nutmegged Luis Figo And It's Still One Of Football's Greatest Moments

On this day in 2003, a typically strong Manchester United side came up against the star studded 'Galácticos' of Real Madrid in a Champions League classic.

It was certainly a night to remember for the capacity Old Trafford crowd.

The great Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick as both sets of supporters applauded his genius and although United won the second leg thanks to goals from Beckham, Van Nistelrooy and an own goal from Iván Helguera, Los Blancos progressed after a 6-5 victory on aggregate.

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Ronaldo grabbed the headlines that night with his heroics in front of goal but when all is said and done, one incident involving another great - John O'Shea - will be remembered for the rest of his days.

In a moment that gave him the nickname (in my household) of The Irish Pele', a confident O'Shea produced this outrageous nutmeg on Luis Figo.

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This wasn't just your average piece of skill. Millions watching at home leapt from their sofas.

John Francis O'Shea just nutmegged one of the greatest players of a generation - a Ballon d'Or winner in 2000 - and we will never ever forget it.

O'Shea made his debut in 1999 and went on to win 14 major honours during his time at Old Trafford but this incredible scene involving Figo, like a scene out of a movie, will be many people's favourite memory of the Irishman.

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The former defender will never be in any dream XI's but Sir Alex Ferguson absolutely loved O'Shea and could always depend on him to do a job in either defence or midfield.

Topics: Football News, Nutmeg, Football, Manchester United, John O'Shea, Champions League, Luis Figo, Real Madrid

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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