Joe Cole claims Ronaldinho smashed up a fridge in the tunnel after Chelsea's 4-2 win over Barcelona in 2005.
The Stamford Bridge clash was a Champions League epic, with John Terry's late header sending the Blues through 5-4 on aggregate at the expense of a Barcelona side that contained Carlos Puyol, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Deco.
Even in defeat, it was Ronaldinho who was the star of the show. The Brazilian wizard lit up west London with a performance filled with magic, scoring an exquisite second goal that stunned the home crowd.
There appeared to be little danger when the pony-tailed performer picked up the ball just outside the box, but with a classic shimmy and no back-lift, he caressed the ball beyond Petr Cech.
That match – and that goal – live long in the memory of former Chelsea midfielder Cole, who ranks the last-16 tie as his favourite ever match.
He told the Jamie Carragher podcast: "I've never experienced this, but when Ronaldinho scored that goal, I've never seen stadium…he like paused the stadium, it was unbelievable."
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And it's not just Ronaldinho's performance on the pitch that night that Cole remembers with great fondness. He added: "Then there was a bit of afters, afterwards, which is always nice in the tunnel.
"It felt like a Champions League game, but an old school game, like when we first came through. There were mega stars everywhere.
"Ronaldinho was in it [in the tunnel afterwards], he smashed up the fridge. Ronaldinho was smashing up the fridge. You know me, I was well away, celebrating but there was a little melee.
"I think it all bubbled from the first leg, with Jose when he was up to his tricks and we lost in the Nou Camp.
"John Terry won it with a header, that's the best game I've played in. It has everything."
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