Luis Garcia will never forget his infamous ghost goal that knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League in 2005.
You know the one. Semi-final. Anfield. Fourth minute. The Spaniard poked the ball towards goal and everybody inside the stadium could see that William Gallas was successful in his attempt to prevent the ball crossing the line, except Lubos Michel, the referee.
Garcia is still reminded about the goal. Even 11 years later.
“I was in Oman in March playing with the former players of Barcelona against Real Madrid. But people know me from Liverpool and always ask about the goal,” he told The Guardian two years ago.
“Always around the world this happens. When we were in Muscat, the capital city, we went to a shopping complex and I saw a man with a red shirt on. He said: 'Can I have a photo?' I said: 'Sure'. Then he said: 'And was it a goal or not?'"
What’s perhaps even more remarkable is that Garcia insists it was a goal.
“That's the question, isn't it? I should ask for a penny every time someone asks me that," the former Barcelona forward added. "For me it was and the referee gave it so.
“If I am being honest, I remember the feeling of hitting the ball and when I saw the bounce going up I turned away and celebrated.
“I started doubting for a moment because for two seconds none of my team-mates were close and I started thinking: 'Oh my goodness, maybe it wasn't.' But I turned round and saw the referee and the linesman running back into position and just started screaming.
"We can say: 'If this', 'if that'. But the goal was given. If not it would have been a penalty and a red card, so we don't know if it was better what happened or not."
Of course, Liverpool would go on to beat AC Milan in a thrilling Champions League final.
Mourinho is upset - to this day
Jose Mourinho was Chelsea’s manager at the time. The Portuguese will complain about Garcia’s ghost goal until his last day.
“I lost a semi-final with a goal that was not a goal,” Mourinho told BT Sport last year. “Today it would not be a goal. Today with goal-line technology it would be different.”
Garca's Halloween costume
To rub salt into wounds, Garcia has reminded Mourinho of the goal that potentially cost him a Champions League trophy on Instagram.
The 38-year-old shared a picture of his Halloween costume, and it’s sure to infuriate the current Manchester United boss.
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