It has been described as the ‘pass of the decade’.
And there is no doubt that Luka Modric’s outrageous ‘outside of the boot’ assist for Real Madrid team-mate Rodrygo’s recent goal against Chelsea was a thing of great beauty you’d never tire of watching.
But ‘pass of the decade’? It wasn’t even the best pass of this year! For me, it’s eclipsed by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s astonishing, diagonal, raking 50-yarder to Diego Jota, who was then adjudged to have been brought down by Crystal Palace’s Vicente Guaita for a hotly-disputed Liverpool penalty in January.
Referee Kevin Friend apparently watched the incident 17 times before opting for the spot kick which Fabinho dispatched for a crucial late goal in the Premier League match.
And afterwards the TV and radio pundits spent aeons debating the merits of the decision.
Yet no one gave a mention to the incredible piece of skill from ‘TAA’ that brought it about in the first place.
Funnily enough, when Modric produced his moment of magic to turn the Champions League tie in Real’s favour, the commentator initially made no reference to the assist, instead banging on about Rodrygo’s neat, cushioned volley into the Chels ea net.
It was co-commentator Glenn Hoddle who piped up “yes... but what about that pass from Modric?”