Ex-Chelsea ace Tiago retired at Atletico years after rocking Man Utd with screamer

Former Chelsea star Tiago Mendes retired at Atletico Madrid 12 years after he rocked Manchester United with a long-range wonder goal.

Portuguese midfielder Tiago spent just one season in England with Chelsea, winning both the Premier League and League Cup under Jose Mourinho in 2004/05.

He later went on to end his career with Atletico Madrid after seven successful years in Spain following an initial loan spell.

However, he is best remembered by English fans for scoring a long-range rocket away to United back in April 2005 as the Blues recorded a 3-1 victory over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils.

Tiago Mendes
Tiago Mendes scored a long-range rocket against Manchester United in 2005

The Blues were trailing 1-0 through Ruud van Nistelrooy’s opener when Tiago found a pocket of space in the United half around 35 yards from goal.

After taking one touch to get the ball out of his feet, the former Portugal international rifled a dipping strike into the top corner, leaving Roy Carroll motionless in the United goal.

He later completed an impressive display by setting up Eidur Gudjohnsen to give champions Chelsea the lead in the second half.

Tiago’s long rang rocket against United was one of just four goals he scored in his solitary season at Stamford Bridge, as he made 52 appearances for the club.

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Tiago Mendes
Tiago Mendes ended his career with Atletico Madrid in 2017

Lyon swooped to sign him in the summer of 2005 and a spell in Italy with Juventus followed before he made his loan move to Atletico a permanent one in 2011.

Across his time with Atleti, Tiago made a total of 228 appearances, scoring 19 goals and providing 14 assists for his team-mates.

He won one league title and a Copa del Rey with the club as well as the Europa League in 2012 before hanging up his boots in 2017, 12 years after his Chelsea wonder goal.

A veteran of two World Cups, Tiago also won 66 caps for Portugal during his career after making his debut aged 21 in 2002.

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