When a team has found it hard to open up a defence all game there is only one option for the manager. He must go for the win, and he looks to his club's bench to that one player he knows that will be able to make a difference.  

The super-sub has become a great part of the game and after years of history we can now see the top five players who have fulfilled this role as a super-sub for their club.

5. David Trezequet

David Trezeguet has been a super-sub on multiple occasions for both France and during his previous time at Juventus. The most memorable exploit was when Trezeguet scored in extra time during the 2000 European Championship final to give the French a dramatic win over the Italians.

4. Henrik Larsson

Larsson was never the man who came on to score the goals, he was the man who created them. For instance, in the 2006 Champions League final, Larsson - then a Barcelona player, saved the Catalan giants against Arsenal in Paris. Larsson set up both goals for Samuel Eto'o and Julian Belletti to see Barcelona win 2-1 after being 1-0 down for most of the match against the Gunners.

3. Oliver Bierhoff

In the summer of 1996, whilst playing for Serie A outfit Udinese, the German international was called to serve his country on the football pitch in the European Championships. He was the national hero as he was brought on with only 20 minutes to and the team losing 1-0 to the Czech Republic. Bierhoff scored the equaliser that sent the German’s into extra time. He then went of to score the first golden goal ever in history at the European Championships.

2. David Fairclough

This man is Liverpool's most renowned super-sub. During his time at Liverpool between 1974-83, he scored 55 goals in 154 career appearances for the Reds. Furthermore,18 of these goals came from 62 appearances off the bench. However, the most intriguing fact is that Fairclough was his most deadly in the last 30 minutes of any match of which he played with 35 of his goals being scored from the 60th minute onwards.

1. Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer is the greatest super-sub of all time. The Norwegian superstar was prolific for the Red Devils scoring an impressive total of 126 goals in 336 career appearances for the club.

He was Manchester United’s saviour over and over again as he scored 28 goals off the bench during his illustrious career at Old Trafford becoming known for his knack at snatching late winners for the club. 

His most famous act as a super-sub came when he came on in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final where he scored the last minute goal which won the tie against Bavarian giants Bayern Munich, completing a remarkable comeback for Manchester United.


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