Classic 'Boss' moments in football history

Every football fan knows the type of player – he’s the one with that swagger, that ‘follow-me’ attitude, the ability to step up when it matters most and drag his team to victory.

In the hour of need, these players always seem to know exactly what to do at just the right time and have played their part in creating some of the most iconic moments in football history.

They are the moments when these players, some of the biggest names to ever grace a pitch, stamp themselves as a ‘Boss’.

Here, FourFourTwo takes a look at some classic 'Boss' moments.

Steven Gerrard v Olympiakos, Champions League, 2004

Few could have predicted what would lie ahead as Liverpool prepared to face Olympiakos in their final match of the 2005 Champions League group stage.

Needing to win by two goals to progress, the Reds are dealt a hammer blow in the 26th minute when Brazilian great Rivaldo converts a free-kick to give the Greek outfit a 1-0 lead.

Now needing three goals to progress, strikes by Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Neil Mellor give the home side a chance. Then came Gerrard’s moment and, as was so often the case, the captain did not disappoint.

With a loose ball sitting up invitingly just outside the box, the undisputed Liverpool ‘Boss’ of the last 15 years swoops in and nearly bursts the net with an unstoppable drive.

It kept Liverpool’s improbable Champions League drive alive, a journey that would ultimately end with them holding aloft the trophy, following their penalty shootout victory over AC Milan in the final in Istanbul.

Zinedine Zidane v Bayer Leverkusen, Champions League final, 2002

Has there been a bigger ‘Boss’ on a football pitch than France’s sublimely gifted superstar? He crafted perhaps his greatest moment during the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen.

In the shadows of halftime, his heavily-favoured Real Madrid side is locked at 1-1 in a tight tussle at Hampden Park.

Then comes the moment – Roberto Carlos puts a cross towards the Frenchman, who has found space just inside the box. In a moment that almost appeared to happen in slow motion, Zidane sets himself and lets fly with a ridiculously difficult left-foot volley that crashes into the net.

As he breaks away to celebrate and starts screaming with delight, it’s clear even Zidane knows instantly this was very, very special.