The Multiusos de San Lázaro witnessed, on October 12, 1996, one of the greatest goals in Barça history. Ronaldo took the ball from the centre of park to go round everybody and score against Santiago de Compostela.
FCB were top of the league and unbeaten when they went to take on the side then coached by Fernando
Vázquez. They would win by a fantastic 5-1, but the game is best remembered for one amazing goal
that had the crowd on its feet and Bobby Robson’s hands on his face in awe. A manager of his
status presumably thought he’d seen it all … until that night.
Hard to explain
It took 11 seconds, 14 touches of the ball and one goalkeeper left floundering. A
goal that very few are capable of emulating. Ronaldo had recently signed for Barça at the age of
just 20. The Brazilian stole the ball in midfield and made off an electric run. He swirled around
everything that was put in front of him and then finished the move to perfection as he defeated the
oncoming goalkeeper Fernando. It was already his fifth goal in a Barcelona shirt, and he would go
on to make history by scoring 34 goals in 37 league matches.
“I was facing the most difficult season of my life”, said Bobby Robson
to the Recorda Míster show on Barça TV many years later. The Geordie had to fill the illustrious
shoes of the Dream Team coach Johan Cruyff. That season (1996/97) the club ended up winning the
Spanish Supercup, Cup Winners Cup and Copa del Rey. The only title Barcelona missed out on was the
league, which slipped away at the final instant.