Former Manchester United centre midfielder, Anderson has recently spoke to Radio Grenal about that famous penalty shoot out in the Champions League Final between Manchester United and Chelsea.
It was a tense match in the first and so far only all British final, but it was United who came out on top thanks to a John Terry slip that kept the Red Devil’s in it, then a superb Van Der Sar save to deny Anelka.
United’s penultimate penalty of the shoot out was scored by Anderson, who spent most of the game on the bench, eventually replacing Wes Brown in the 125th minute. He hadn’t even touched the the ball prior to the shoot out.
Anderson revealed it was Ryan Giggs who suggested that he took a penalty.
“I was sitting on the bench, Giggs looked and said: “Get Anderson to take one”. I said “Oh my”. I took the ball, it was the longest walk of my life.”
I couldn’t imagine that pressure, it’s nearly like an old cliche about how long the walk up to the spot is in a shoot out, but imagine taking one in sudden death of a Champions League final against massive domestic rivals. That’s pressure.
Anderson was undoubtedly feeling that pressure, claiming that he was shaking and terrified during his walk up.
He spoke about those moments just before he took his kick. “I went to the ball, I got the ball, I looked at that goalkeeper, who is a giant. Cech opened his arms, I said “oh, I’m f*****”, I’ll kick it hard, close my eyes and pray for the ball to go in”.
He may have hitted in hope but Anderson’s penalty did find its way passed Petr Čech and United did go on to win the shoot out.
Anderson seems to have been around for ages but he’s still only 29 and trying to reignite a once promising career in his homeland of Brazil, playing two years for Internacional and recently joined Coritibla.