2. PHILIPP LAHM on Ivan Rakitic, 2010
If there's one thing the perfect tackle should exude, it's calm – and here, classy full-back Philipp Lahm shows it in spades.
It's a textbook sliding tackle. Chasing Schalke 04’s Ivan Rakitic after a wayward pass, Lahm showcases his speed, agility and technique, sweeping the ball away one-footed from beneath the Croatian midfielder.
This type of challenge explains why the German has been included by FIFA twice in World Cup teams of the tournament, and by UEFA in the 2008 European Championship.
Best of all, the impassive nature of his reaction to the tackle serves almost as an extra humiliation to Rakitic. No chest-thumping or back-slapping here – Lahm just gets on with the game. It's as if he's saying, "Yeah, I just won the ball fairly from behind with an inch-perfect tackle – what of it?"