Throwback: Benni McCarthy Remembers Winning UEFA Champions League Trophy

Throwback: Benni McCarthy Remembers Winning UEFA Champions League Trophy

- Retired Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy has posted a memorable picture on social media of when he lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy with FC Porto

- McCarthy was part of Josè Mourinho-coached Porto when they beat AS Monaco in Germany to win the UEFA Champions League title 17 years ago

- The AmaZulu boss, McCarthy, says they did the unthinkable as he remains the only South African to win the lucrative UEFA Champions League trophy

- In a post also liked by Mamelodi Sundowns skipper Hlompho Kekana, McCarthy has received good messages on the UEFA glory

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Benni McCarthy made history when he became the first South African footballer to win the UEFA Champions League back in 2004. Coached by the legendary Portuguese and nomadic manager Josè Mourinho, Benni was a hit for FC Porto.

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17 years later, the feeling is still new in the mind and heart of the AmaZulu coach who took to his Instagram page to reminisce about the monumental moment.

The former Bafana Bafana striker posted a number of images in which, together with his teammates, he celebrates the historic win.

Legend Benni McCarthy has shared images as he remembers their UEFA Champions League win back in 2004. Image: @BenniMac17/Instagram
Legend Benni McCarthy has shared images as he remembers their UEFA Champions League win back in 2004. Image: @BenniMac17/Instagram
Source: Instagram

In the final, Port faced off against French outfit AS Monaco at the Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on 26 May. The Portuguese giants claimed a 3–0 victory and goals came through Carlos Alberto, Deco and Dmitri Alenichev. Benni posted:

“17 years ago we did the unthinkable. Winning the Uefa Champions League what a feeling that was @fcporto #championsleague #memories”

@Leratolicious1 said:

“Literally just watched this now on a Mourinho doccie. Very dope.”

@Prinzinho1 said:

“I still say you scored one of the best-headed goals I have ever seen in a football match against Manchester United.”

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@Mdibaniso_Ginola said:

“Nobody can take that away from you my brother, you are the one and only.”

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@Iam_Frank_Alexander said:

“King Benni. You had the whole of SA in behind you. What a moment.”

@SusanavMartins said:

“The year that I fell in love with football, FCP. Thank you.”

@_Lindsome said:

“Unforgettable moment.”

Benni’s memory comes ahead of their crucial clash against his former team Orlando Pirates, whom they visit at Orlando Stadium on Thursday afternoon in the DStv Premiership.

Meanwhile, Briefly News reported that the all-time Bafana top goalscorer had acknowledged the presence of his lovely wife Stacey with a post on social media.

The Usuthu coach penned a beautiful message on his Instagram page, saying it’s always been easy to love her.

McCarthy and his wife have seen seven years of marriage and the former UEFA Champions League winner has reaffirmed his love for Stacey.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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