Slide tackles are a wonderful part of football. A rare moment of full-blooded physicality in a game which increasingly veers towards a non-contact sport. It also relates to us mere mortals as it is the closest we’ll ever get technically to a professional footballer.
That feeling of launching yourself into a huge slippery pile of mud; winning ball, man and half the countryside and rising victorious with trailing leg studs marks down your thigh is one of the purest joys a human being can feel.
You may have seen our list of the most horrific tackles ever but here we visit some of the best sliding tackles ever executed by professional footballers.
1. This list starts rather predictably with an Italian centre-back. Alessandro Nesta comes out of nowhere to make one of the most graceful slide tackles witnessed on any football pitch.
2. In case you missed it, Nigel Reo-Coker has moved to the MLS. He hasn’t changed much.
3. This clip from Venezuela is pure gold. This ‘keeper pulls off a sliding challenge before megging the striker and exchanging passes with his full-back. Ridiculous.
4. Steven Sidwell takes ball, man and ref.