Top five games that announced the arrival of future stars
Remembering the games that gave us the soccer giants we see today
Nothing beats the feeling of giving a man-of-the-match performance at a very young age. And, it comes as the icing on the cake if the performance proves to be an ultimate game-changer for your side. Over the years, there have been many legends who have given promising performances at a very young age. Subsequently, they have had their names etched in history as some of the greatest ever to play the beautiful game.
Also, the matches in which they make a difference have their names written all over it. In this slideshow, we take a look at similar matches that revealed future football stars to the world.
#5: ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI(BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS REAL MADRID)
Although Robert Lewandowski was already an established player, this game certainly saw him rise to prominence as one of the most clinical strikers in modern football. It was on 24th April 2013, when Lewandowski won the match single-handedly for Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park. The Polish striker's four-goal-haul in the first leg of Champions League quarter finals shattered Real Madrid's hopes of winning the La Decima.
Robert Lewandowski became the first player in the history of the Champions League to score four goals in a quarter final. Subsequently, he also remains the only player in history to score four goals against Real Madrid.
The first goal came from a sublime cross provided by Mario Gotze, who found the Polish front-man lurking in the penalty box behind the defenders. It was Madrid superstar Ronaldo then, who pulled one back on a pass from Gonzalo Higuain.
The second goal for Dortmund was a pass in the box from Marco Reus, as Lewandowski turned and slotted it in the right bottom corner. Madrid defenders called for an offside but to no avail. On the third occasion, a deflected Marcel Schmelzer shot saw him fire the ball into the roof of the net.
Later, Dortmund earned a penalty as Ramos pushed Reus in the penalty box, causing him to go off balance. Lewandowski was on the mark again, as he scored a straight shot from the spot. Dortmund completed a historical 4-1 victory, while shot-stopper Diego Lopez had a nightmare.