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John O'Shea's Nutmeg On Luis Figo Is Still One Of Football's Greatest Moments

John O'Shea's Nutmeg On Luis Figo Is Still One Of Football's Greatest Moments

John O'Shea has announced he will retire at the end of the season at the age of 38, so let's celebrate his greatest moment on a football pitch, just one last time.

Back 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.

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The great Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick as both the home and away supporters applauded his genius.

And although United won the second leg tie thanks to goals from Beckham, Van Nistelrooy and an own goal from Iván Helguera, Los Blancos won the tie 6-5 on aggregate.

But when all is said and done, one moment involving another great, John O'Shea, will be remembered for the rest of his days.

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John O'Shea's Nutmeg On Luis Figo Is Still One Of Football's Greatest Moments

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

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

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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.

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O'Shea made his debut on this day in 1999 and went on to win 14 major honours in his time at Manchester United - with his but the incredible scene involving Figo like something out of a movie.

He 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.

Happy retirement, John!

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

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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.