Success as a player and leader of a famous club like Ajax, Edwin van der Sar makes people respect with his intelligent brains.
The world has witnessed many outstanding goalkeepers; Some of them have unimaginable skills, some are charismatic in style, some are as cold as ice.
However, Van der Sar gives people a different feeling. He possessed astonishing composure in a wooden frame, the older he was and the more he caught the ball based on his “head”.
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Having won two Champions League titles for Ajax and Manchester United, Van der Sar has always affirmed that the final in Moscow in 2008 was the highest peak of his career.
The former Dutch goalkeeper won the Champions League in 1994/95 with Ajax for the first time. In 1995 he received the title of the best Goalkeeper in Europe, and was the mainstay of the Dutch squad for the top four teams of the 1998 World Cup.
In the summer of 1999, Van der Sar left Ajax to go to Juventus. At that time, he was considered one of the top goalkeepers in the world, alongside Oliver Kahn, Fabien Barthez, David Seaman, Angelo Peruzzi … However, after only 2 years, he turned out of the Turin club. to make room for a 100 billion lire (£ 32.6 million) world record signing Gianluigi Buffon from Parma.
Van Der Sar moved to Fulham, and at the age of 30, many thought his peak career was over. Then at the age of 35, the temple guard landed at Old Trafford and had the second time in his career to reach the peak of world football.
On the night of Moscow, the 2007/08 Champions League final, the internal battle between the top two English teams was extremely intense. MU with Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo or Rio Ferdinand against Chelsea of Drogba, Lampard, Terry or Ballack. They were all the top stars in the world at the time.
After 120 minutes, the match was inconclusive and it took a penalty shootout to find the champion. Everything was decided by the hands of Van Der Sar, who was about to turn 38.
Chelsea also prepared for a penalty shootout.
And it is true that the Chelsea players shot to the left of the real Van der Sar. The first 6 shootings of “The Blues”, the ball flew to the left hand of MU goalkeeper and despite knowing in advance, he could not prevent it.
The god of luck previously sided with MU when Chelsea captain Terry slipped and kicked in the fifth. Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed a turn earlier, was saved. The two teams entered the knockout series.
Here, the experience, the old age and the clever head of Van der Sar are shown: “At that time I thought the Chelsea players had all shot to the left, but what about Anelka, he always shoots about? on the right and I decided to play cards. “
Van der Sar flew to the right and became the first goalkeeper in world history, winning the Champions League twice with two different clubs. “When my teammates were around, I knew this was the highest peak of my career,” he said proudly.