Ricardo Carvalho, the Portuguese centre-back signed from Porto in 2004, was a brick wall at the back and formed a dominant pairing with John Terry. He also had a knack of scoring important goals, and on his birthday we took a look at five classic goals from Ricardo.
Chelsea vs Tottenham, 2006/07
One of the most memorable goals Carvalho scored at Stamford Bridge came against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC. Taking advantage of space allowed him in the middle of the pitch, Carvalho hit a thunderous 25 yard shot that flew past Spurs’ keeper Paul Robinson and secured us a memorable three points.
Norwich City vs Chelsea, 2004/05
It’s fair to say Carvalho had a fairytale first season with the Blues and his first ever strike for Chelsea FC was an emphatic one. A determined Ricardo rose to power home a towering header from a Frank Lampard corner that stunned the home side and saw us run out 3-1 winners.
Chelsea vs Middlesbrough, 2007/08
Carvalho had a knack of scoring powerful headers, and against a solid Middlesbrough side in 2008, he proved his aerial domination once again. Heading home a Wayne Bridge free-kick inside the opening 10 minutes, Carvalho’s goal proved to be the difference between the sides as we claimed the three points with a 1-0 win. It was a special way to mark his 150th appearance for Chelsea!
Chelsea vs Manchester United, 2005/06
One of the most important goals that Carvalho has scored in his Chelsea career came against the Red Devils in the 2005/06 season. Needing just a point to guarantee the Blues' second Premier League title, Chelsea ran out convincing winners to claim the title in style. Carvalho sealed the deal on the day with a belter of a shot past a helpless Van Der Sar from a devastating counter-attack.
Manchester United vs Chelsea, 2006/07
Needing to score to stop Manchester United going six points clear at the top of the table, Ricardo Carvalho stepped up late in the day to power home a vital equaliser. The Red Devils had led thanks to Louis Saha’s first-half strike and appeared to be on their way to a vital three points. However, after dominating the second half, the Blues finally found the hard fought equaliser when Carvalho converted from Frank Lampard’s corner!