Steve McManaman hilariously claimed that Rodrygo’s Champions League goal for Real Madrid against Chelsea was ‘made in South Africa’ in a commentary blunder.
Peter Drury’s famous line, “Manolas, the Greek God in Rome!” is a great example of memorable commentary.
Clive Tyldesley’s iconic call, “Name on the trophy,” when Teddy Sheringham scored the equalizer for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final, will always be remembered by United fans.
Although Tyldesley admits that it was the wrong thing to say, it ended up working out for him in the end, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went on to score the winning goal.
In the opening game of the 2010 World Cup, Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the opening goal for hosts South Africa as they drew 1-1 with Mexico.
The famous Peter Drury provided the iconic commentary, shouting, “TSHABALALAAAA!!! GOAL BAFANA BAFANA! GOAL FOR SOUTH AFRICA! GOAL FOR ALL AFRICA!”
However, surprisingly, it was Steve McManaman who provided the more memorable commentary line about South Africa during the Real Madrid versus Chelsea game on Tuesday night.
As Real Madrid sealed a 4-0 aggregate victory over Chelsea, Rodrygo scored the final goal of the tie, with Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde providing the assists.
Despite the goal being scored by a Brazilian and set up by a Brazilian and an Uruguayan, McManaman claimed it was a “goal made in South Africa.”
This comment caused amusement among those watching at home, although BT Sport later edited it out of their video on social media.
Rodrygo does it again!! 🤩
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 18, 2023
“‘Made in South Africa, Valverde the Uruguayan,’ Steve McManaman needs geography lessons,” joked one fan.
“So depressed couldn’t even laugh about the commentator saying a goal set up by Fede Valverde for Rodrygo was ‘made in South Africa,'” said a struggling Chelsea fan.
A third added, “Steve McManaman saying Rodrygo’s Valverde-assisted goal was “made in South Africa” is my favourite bit of commentary of the season.”
“Made in South Africa, someone tell Steve where Uruguay is,” replied another.
“McManaman the gift that keeps on giving,” laughed a fifth.
Another posted, “A goal made in South Africa – Erm Mr McManaman I think you will find Uruguay and Brazil might be elsewhere!”
On Tuesday, it was an uphill battle for Chelsea after they went down 2-0 in Madrid last week, with Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio scoring for Real Madrid.
However, in the second leg in London, it was the South Americans who shone, with Rodrygo scoring both goals in the second half, giving Real Madrid a great chance to defend their title.
Real Madrid will face either Bayern Munich or Manchester City in the semi-finals, with the latter being their most likely opponents, as they are the current Premier League champions.