Football is without a doubt the most popular game in the World. We enjoy supporting our teams in good times and bad times because that is what true fans do. However, there are special moments that we find ourselves appreciating talented players from our opponents. These moments are rare and they only come around when very special players come around. Today we want to look at six stars who received a standing ovation away from home.
6. Thierry Henry at the Stadium of Light (Sunderland v Arsenal – 2003)
According to history books, this day at Sunderland Stadium belonged to Swedish forward Freddie Ljungberg. He scored a hat-trick and the referee rightly awarded him the match ball.
However, the Stadium of Light supporters rose up to cheer another man by the name of Thierry Henry. He assisted all three goals scored by Ljungberg and added his own goal, now that was extra special. The French man was flying those days and there was no denying he was great on the day too. The home fans joined the traveling Gunners fans to give Henry a standing ovation event after losing 4-0. Majestic.
5. Steven Gerrard at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea v Liverpool – 2015)
Former Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard won everything available in football in club level except a Premier League medal. He helped his only club to win the Champions League in 2005 in Istanbul, Turkey and a number of FA Cups and League Cups. However, the league kept avoiding him and that was the case until he played at Anfield for the very last time.
In 2009 under Rafa Benitez, the Reds came close but the experienced Sir Alex Ferguson would never allow a bitter rival to lift it. In 2014, George also came close but a costly slip against Chelsea gave Manchester City the title. There was no third chance. He announced he was leaving the club and later in the season when he scored an equalizer against the Blues at Stamford Bridge the entire Stadium stood up to cheer a legend. His name is safe in the history books.
4. Van Persie Old Trafford Return
Manchester United demolished Turkish side Fenerbahçe 4-1 in Europa League matchday three. However, what was actually reported is not crazy goal celebration by academy duo Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard but the standing ovation given to that one goal scored by the visitors.
The only away goal scored at Old Trafford this season before that one was cheered by the home fans. It was scored by Robin van Persie #MUFC
— Kris Voakes (@krisvoakes) April 20, 2017
The goalscorer, Robin Van Persie joined Manchester United from Arsenal in 2012/13 season and scored 26 goals in 38 appearances to help the Red Devils lift the Premier League title for the 20th time. It is the last the club has seen and the fans will never forget his contribution to the club. They sang his name all evening and when he finally scored they entire Stadium (75,000) including Sir Alex Ferguson stood up to congratulate him. Special.