Ronaldinho was so livid after Barcelona’s Champions League exit to Chelsea in 2005 that he “smashed up a fridge” throughout a post-match fracas.
The acrimonious two-legged affair was settled by John Terry’s late header at Stamford Bridge because the Blues progressed 5-4 on mixture in a pulsating encounter.
Trailing 2-1 from the primary leg on the Camp Nou, the second match was an all-time basic with the hosts taking a three-goal lead earlier than Ronaldinho impressed a Barca comeback.
The Brazilian maestro netted two targets included an iconic toe-poked aim to stage the tie on mixture and provides his aspect a bonus on away targets.
Terry’s late header settled the knockout tie in Chelsea’s favour and ended the Blaugrana’s hopes within the competitors, culminating a bad-blooded affair.
Jose Mourinho was in cost at Stamford Bridge and the Portuguese by no means missed a chance to rile up Barca, the place had beforehand labored and was allegedly later turned down for the position with Pep Guardiola most popular by the membership hierarchy.
Joe Cole has now revealed what occurred after the match – “the most effective sport I’ve performed in” – which included Barca’s star participant Ronaldinho taking issues into his personal palms on account of his immense frustration upon the full-time whistle.
Chatting with Jamie Carragher on The Best Sport podcast, Cole defined: “I’ve by no means skilled this…
“However when Ronaldinho scored that aim, I’ve by no means seen a stadium… he like paused the stadium, it was unbelievable.
“Then there was a little bit of afters, afterwards, which is at all times good within the tunnel.
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“It felt like a Champions League sport, however an old style sport, like after we first got here by way of. There have been mega stars in every single place.
“Ronaldinho was in it [in the tunnel afterwards], he smashed up the fridge.
“Ronaldinho was smashing up the fridge.
“I used to be properly away, celebrating – however there was a bit melee.
“I believe all of it bubbled from the primary leg, with Jose when he was as much as his methods as we misplaced within the Nou Camp.
“John Terry gained it with a header, that is the most effective sport I’ve performed in. It had every part.”
This two-legged tie was the primary of three successive seasons by which the 2 golf equipment met within the Champions League.
Barca received their revenge the next season once they gained 3-2 on mixture – a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge within the first leg after Asier Del Horno was sent-off for the hosts, adopted by a 1-1 stalemate at Camp Nou – with Frank Rijkaard’s aspect occurring to raise the title that season.
The 2 additionally met within the group phases of the 2006/07 marketing campaign, with Chelsea successful their residence sport 1-0 and Didier Drogba scoring a last-minute equaliser at Camp Nou to attract 2-2 – prompting an iconic Mourinho knee-sliding celebration.
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