Messi, Rooney and the miracle of Benevento - The most colourful moments of the season so far

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To celebrate the unique and innovative Samsung QLED TV, Goal are revisiting the most vivid and colourful moments from Europe’s top 5 leagues so far

The Samsung QLED TV is making colours so real you can almost taste them, with its ground-breaking Quantum Dot Display taking light and turning it into breathtaking colour.

The ultimate screen on which to catch all the action from another thrilling season of European football, Goal are celebrating this unique and innovative home-viewing experience by revisiting some of the most colourful moments from Europe’s top five leagues so far.

From Neymar’s brilliance to Lionel Messi’s dominance, we’re only at the halfway stage of the season and have already been treated with dozens of moments that will live long in the memory.


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When Lionel Messi’s remarkable career comes to an end, few images will tell the story of his complete dominance like those that have emerged from the Santiago Bernabeu in recent years.

The home of fierce rivals and Europe’s most successful club Real Madrid, it isn’t supposed to provide warm memories for its visitors.

But from his stunning solo effort in a Champions League final to April’s last-minute winner that Messi celebrated by holding his shirt up to the locals, it has been the most fruitful of stomping grounds for the little Argentinian.

And he was it again in December, leading Barcelona to a stunning 3-0 win in the capital that almost sealed the league title even before the winter break. The shot of Messi celebrating what was effectively the match-winning second goal will be seen for generations to come.


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One of the most fiercely contested fixtures found anywhere on the continent, the Revierderby was supposed to be the turning point for a Borussia Dortmund side in crisis. New coach Peter Bosz was on the ropes, having seen his side slump to four defeats in their last five Bundesliga outings.

Nobody needed a victory more than the Dutchman, and things couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.

Dortmund blitzed their shell-shocked visitors, racing into a four-goal lead inside just 25 minutes. Social media erupted, with even former Dortmund players joining in the fun.

But the Gods of football don’t take too kindly to those who tempt fate, and the second-half brought the most remarkable collapse of the European season so far, culminating in a 94th-minute equaliser from veteran defender Naldo.

Dortmund were talk of the town, just not in the way they had hoped.


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He’d done it before, of course. Against the same opponent, no less. But Wayne Rooney’s remarkable strike from inside his own half was the icing on the cake for a stunning night at Goodison Park, and the moment in which Everton’s fortunes for the season changed once and for all.

With just one win from seven, the Toffees were staring at a relegation dogfight.

But that night at Goodison, with new manager Sam Allardyce up in the stands, Everton turned on the style – nobody more so than local hero Wayne Rooney, who completed a stunning hat-trick with the most audacious of strikes, striking the ball with his laces from the halfway line to score what will surely be the goal of the season.


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As the game ticked into the 95th-minute, lowly Benevento were on their way to extending the most unwanted of records. Their first season in Italy’s top flight had seen them break an 87-year record with the worst start to a top-flight season with 14 straight defeats.

Down 1-2 to Milan deep into stoppage time, they were heading for no.15. So why not send goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli up for a free-kick? And then it happened: the unthinkable.

As the ball was whipped into the box at pace, Brignoli launched himself at it, spinning 360 to send the most sensational of headers flying into the corner, becoming the first goalkeeper in Serie A to score a goal in 16 years.

Finally, Benevento had broken a Serie A  record of which they could actually be proud.


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Brought in for a jaw-dropping €222 million, PSG shocked the footballing world when they pinched Neymar from Barcelona. And the Brazilian wasted no time settling in, immediately wowing viewers from across the globe as he waltzed his way through Ligue 1.

And the jig he danced in October underlined the dominance that was to follow.

There were seven Toulouse defenders inside the penalty area. Five of them tried to stop him, at one point three all tried at once, but nobody could get anywhere near the world’s most expensive footballer, who twisted past them all before sending a low shot into the corner - one of 14 dribbles Neymar completed on the night, a total bettered by nobody in the previous decade in Ligue 1. 

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