Soccer is a team sport, and no one player should be more important than the group. That’s a sentiment many teams and managers have uttered over the years, but it turns out there are some players who really are indispensable. Even in the biggest soccer teams in the world, some players are just irreplaceable, like these guys.
Lionel Messi – Barcelona
Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way first. Without Lionel Messi, Barcelona would be nowhere near as good as they are. That’s not to say they couldn’t still perform to a high level, but Messi keeps them in the conversation for the best team in the world. Messi leads the stats for chances created, shots, goals, and assists. But of course he does, he’s Lionel Messi.
Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool
It’s no coincidence that as soon as Virgil Van Dijk established himself at Liverpool, they became one of the best teams in the English Premier League. With Van Dijk in the team, Liverpool had the best defensive record in the league, and the Duch defender was their most-used player alongside goalkeeper Alisson Becker. In the entire 2018-19 season not a single player was capable of dribbling past Van Dijk, including players like Messi, Hazard, Mbappe, and Sterling.
Thiago – Bayern Munich
Once again Bayern Munich lifted the Bundesliga in 2019, but they wouldn’t have done so without the contributions from their midfielder Thiago. The Spanish player links the defense and the midfield plus he’s an expert in bypassing opposing players with his passes. Thiago missed just four Bundesliga games this year and in them, Bayern drew two games and lost the others.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea
Now that Real Madrid finally signed the Belgian playmaker, it’s going to be interesting to see how Chelsea copes. In the 2018-19 season Hazard was their top goalscorer with 16 and he was their top assist maker with 15. Chelsea lifted the Europa League and came third in the Premier League last season, but without Hazard dribbling past people to score or assist, that doesn’t happen. Next season could prove how significant Hazard was to Chelsea as they try to replace his contributions.
These teams can’t deal with missing these players, and they have proven to be the most indispensable for the biggest clubs.
30+ People Describe the Awkward Things That Happened When They Met Someone Famous
When you finally interact with someone you look up to, it can be quite overwhelming. You know that your favorite celebrity is a human just like you, but your nerves will convince you otherwise. Under so much pressure, it’s easy to say or do some pretty silly things. Check out a few of the most awkward experiences people have had when meeting a famous person.
Danny DeVito is a true talent in Hollywood. However, his skills might not go hand-in-hand with his height. At just under five feet, Devito has made his small stature a highlight of his career. This person had a relatable short-person moment with the icon when she bumped into him on the street.
They were walking in different directions and crossed paths. She mentions how short people rarely make eye contact with others – due to their height. Without making things awkward, the two laughed and hugged it out.
The Queen’s Business
Meeting royalty can be a humbling and nerve-wracking moment. What do you say to someone you have to address with “Your Majesty?” Definitely not what Stephanie Wahlstrom said when she saw a member of the Royal family, Prince Williams hanging out at a nightclub.
After downing several drinks, Wahlstrom finally mustered the courage (or not) to say hi to the Prince. Panic overtook her senses, and instead of a casual and cordial greeting, she blurted out that his grandmother, the Queen’s face, was on her bills.
You can tell a lot about a superhero movie fan based on who their favorite Batman is. If yours is Michael Keaton, you may be extremely jealous of Conz Preti. The woman physically bumped into the legendary actor one day.
Naturally, she was starstruck and couldn’t form cohesive sentences to express her fondness for him. No big deal, though. What she said makes up for it completely. With a loud gasp, she exclaimed, “Oh my God, Batman!” We’re pretty sure Michael Keaton gets that all the time.
An Alarming Progression
Stalkers and paparazzi are a celebrity’s nightmares. These individuals invade their privacy, disregarding the fact that famous people are just regular human beings who need their own space. We totally understand why Whoopi Goldberg was alarmed to see Miz Jenkins.
Running into a fan once is a good, satisfying moment. However, when she saw her for a second and third time, she was visibly alarmed and perhaps thought they were a stalker. Jenkins was unintentionally stalking a celebrity, and the secondhand embarrassment here is strong!
Legendary actor Steve Carell is known for his roles in a bunch of different movies and television shows including The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Crazy, Stupid, Love. However, one of his most distinguishable roles is that of Michael Scott in the beloved sitcom The Office.
Ethan McAtee met him one day and wanted to stand out by not asking about that. In an attempt to ask about his role in the hit franchise Despicable Me , he asked if the Minions were yellow.
Don’t Ruin the Picture
American comedian, writer, and television show host Seth Meyers is considered one of the funniest people in Hollywood. Jill J’s father had a huge fanboy moment when the two bumped into Meyers.
The father asked if he could get a picture of the celebrity, and he said yes. Instead of getting into the picture himself, the father just took a photo of Seth. He just wanted a photo to remind himself how awesome Meyers is.
Sign My Penguin Paper
Beloved rom-com The Holiday left people swooning over the gorgeous English actor Jude Law. It’s completely natural to see that man upfront and have your brain go blank due to how amazing he looks. A woman named Jackie came across the actor once and knew she had to ask for an autograph. Unfortunately, she wasn’t prepared to take an autograph.
The 21-year-old panicked and asked him if he could sign on her penguin paper. Law briefly looked at her before registering the request, smiling and obliging.
Meeting your favorite celebrities can be a big moment. Even though you have everything prepared in your head, your mind will short-circuit and leave you with close to no information on what you were meant to do. Neen walked into a meet-and-greet event featuring the popular band Imagine Dragons with no idea what to do.
The result? Hilarious interaction between her and lead vocalist Dan Reynolds after she asked the quartet to be her “dads.” The musician addressed the woman as his daughter, and Neen might have melted a little.
It’s Going to Be Okay
With her amazing style and looks, Zoë Kravitz has no problem standing out in a crowd. This multi-talented woman has won hearts with her acting, singing, and modeling skills. This Twitter user, Tyler Austin, is describing the awkward encounter he had with Zoë in Brooklyn.
He perhaps wanted to express how beautiful she was but got carried away because he was under the influence. Austin was so overwhelmed by her presence that he started crying. Zoë cradled him in her arms, ensuring that everything would be okay.
A Little Basketball
It’s frustrating how many non-sports fans meet sports celebrities in their lives, but that rarely happens to sports fans! Marjorie Reinoso came across famed basketball player Rick Fox at a birthday party in the late ‘90s.
Unaware of who he was, she asked him if he played basketball professionally as he was very tall. Fox joked about how he played just a little basketball even though he was a star player for the Los Angeles Lakers. He even took a picture with her, flashing his brightest smile.
It would be hard to find anyone with an Internet connection today who doesn’t know who Bruno Mars is. The American singer shot to stardom with smash hits like “24K Magic,” “Uptown Funk, “The Lazy Song,” and more.
Before he was a musical sensation, though, Mars was more of a lowkey singer. While vacationing in Hawaii, a woman was impressed by his covers of some Michael Jackson songs. She asked to take a picture with him, unaware that he was a megastar. Mars still took the picture with her.
“Hello” by Lionel Richie is definitely one of the most iconic songs of the ’80s. We would be pretty shocked if Joy Kendra Brown didn’t feel the need to sing the song’s most famous verse upon meeting Lionel Richie.
As he was eating, she walked up to his table and said, “hello.” It took all her self-control not to say, “Is it me you’re looking for?” as the next sentence.
The Science Guy
Short people should be given a pass to sit at the front of every show. Willow and her mother went to see a show, and just before it started, a really tall man sat down in front of her mother. The woman, very annoyed, started making snarky comments about how she couldn’t see.
The tall man politely apologized even though it was completely out of his control. Turns out, it was the really tall scientist himself, Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Tears of Joy
If you were alive during the ‘90s or enjoy music from that time, you surely know about TLC. The American girl group enjoyed success with songs like “Creep,” “Waterfalls,” and “Red Light Special.” This TLC fan came across members of the group at the airport and had trouble containing her excitement.
The bandmates laughed before Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins called her over to give her a hug and snap a picture before their plane took off.
Out of all the interactions one would want to avoid with a celebrity, this is pretty high up the list. A woman named Paige was seated next to Matt Damon and his family on a plane ride. As she struggled to fit her luggage in the overhead compartment, Damon took notice and asked her if she was alright.
Paige didn’t know how to hide the true answer, so she explained how hard she was trying to not accidentally hit one of his children on the face with her stuff.
A woman had the interaction every Marvel fan dreams of. During the 2011 New York Comic Con, she and her mother crossed paths with the artistic genius Stan Lee. He was walking without security, even in a place crowded with throngs of fans, making it hard to recognize him.
The mother-daughter duo ran after him, and that earned them an acknowledgment from Lee. However, as she was extremely starstruck, the most she could do was take a really shaky picture of him next to a Batmobile.
Pastor and First Lady
When it comes to celebrities, Craig Robinson is known to be very kind to fans. Robinson has a big heart and a big personality, so we aren’t surprised that he posed for a photo like this. When taking a picture with a fan, Robinson was asked to pose like a pastor and his wife would.
A true actor through and through, Robinson pulled off the pose perfectly. The lady struck the perfect pose too. This photo looks like something you would find on a nightstand beside a grandmother’s bed.
In an Itch
It’s always nice to see members of the royal family paying a visit to sick children. While receiving a blood test, this woman saw Prince Charles visiting and spending some time with the sick children.
When he got to her, he shook her hand and very sincerely asked what was wrong with her. Awkwardly, the woman replied that she had eczema. He probably thought she was in the hospital with a more serious illness.
If there was a list of celebrities who were genuinely sweet and amiable, Benedict Cumberbatch would top the list along with people like Dolly Parton and Keanu Reeves. Very few people have bad things to say about the man.
Amy C met him when he was shooting the television show, Sherlock, at her office. She could take one picture with him before she was told off by his staff for apparently watching him as he was partially undressed. Take notes: Never peep at someone – with top or topless.
Thanks for Noticing
When a celebrity asks you a question, you can have two responses – either your answer will be something very smooth and impress them, or you will be like Cait.
When she met supermodel Miranda Kerr in Central Park, she immediately knew she had to take a picture with her. Of course, the photo required them to be in somewhat close proximity. Kerr complimented Cait on how good she smelled, and Cait decided to share her fragrant secret, which turned out to be sweat.
We all have some embarrassing moments throughout our lives that we would desperately wish to erase. For Kelsey Mannarino, one of those moments would be when she met model and actor Nyle DiMarco. After meeting him, she yelled out, “Have a nice dinner,” as he moved away from her.
She had completely forgotten that DiMarco is deaf. After sharing her sob story on Twitter, she was noticed by DiMarco once more, who titled her a “Legend.” We’re glad that understood her mistake.
No Need to Be Excited
Some celebrities share such shocking similarities that even their most ardent fans get confused sometimes. Think of actresses Amy Adams and Isla Fisher, and of course, actors Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill.
A woman, who was well aware of who he is, mistakenly called Jonah Hill Seth Rogen. She then asked for a picture with him which he agreed to. This must have been a very awkward interaction as Jonah Hill probably thought this woman had no idea who he was.
Late journalist Hunter S. Thompson was often criticized for his wild lifestyle. The man was surely a genius, but he wasn’t the nicest one at that. In addition to being rude to adults, he was also rude to children. Soren Bowie has a rather horrible memory of the man.
Thompson stomped out of his house to declare that snowmobiles were for zombies. The 14-year-old was visibly confused as it was summer, so there was no reason for there to be problems caused by snowmobiles.
Get Off My Dress
American singer and songwriter Beyoncé will always be regarded as an icon in the music industry. People debate on how she is in real life. Some have found her kind and friendly, while others expressed how she was borderline snooty with them.
Regardless, here’s a not-so-happy picture of the diva alongside a man who was stepping on her dress. She was at the Grammy’s and definitely didn’t want someone ruining her moment with her award. Just look at the toothy, forced grin to scare him off!
Late rapper Mac Miller has a reputation for being an absolute angel. Just hear Ariana Grande speak of him in her song! All that aside, a fan had an amazing moment with the musician right after the two snapped a picture together.
As Miller was stepping out, the fan called out to him to hand him the MCM bag that he had left behind. With a smile and kind words, Miller thanked him. The fan knew at that moment that Miller would be his guy forever.
Knocked and Dropped
We’re glad that this happened with John Legend because he is such a calm man. The aftermath would be very different had this been a more aggressive celebrity. He met one of his fans when they were still in college, and out of fright and shock, the fan knocked his Blackberry device out of his hands.
The phone flew off and landed on the roads of New York before it was crushed immediately by a passing vehicle. Can you imagine how the fan must’ve felt?
Chop Off Her Legs
Katy Perry is known to have an eccentric personality. The talented musician has often come under fire for strange and awkward remarks. 14-year-old Jas had gone to her meet-and-greet, possibly to see her favorite celebrity face-to-face.
Instead, she returned with this weird experience. She intended to tell Perry that she was very beautiful but stuttered and ended up commenting on her height. Perry, perhaps thrown off by her remarks, commented that she would cut off her legs as a solution.
Not on His Watch
Now a publicist, Stephanie R. Caudle reminisces about the time she was working for a private event of Vibe Magazine. She was 17, and it was her first industry job. The event took place at American rapper Ludacris’s restaurant.
After he heard that she was underage, he made the security strap underage bracelets on her with the excuse that nobody would be heading to prison while he was on watch. Do you think this was a class act? Or was it kind of gross?
It’s the Sign That Counts
Meeting your favorite celebs as an adult is hard enough, but when you have to go through that as a kid, and the memory is somewhat humiliating, you will never live that down. Avery Ferin met Drake Bell from the popular show Drake & Josh when she was a kid.
Nervous and freaking out, she handed him a picture of Miley Cyrus to sign. Bell must have understood the panic of the child because he signed it anyway before posing for a picture with her.
Celebrities with a good sense of humor are always at the top of our list. While working as an usher at the local movie theater in 2003, Jeremy Nelson met Bernie Mac. He wasn’t really sure if it was indeed Mac, so he exclaimed that the man resembled Mac.
Only a little amused, Bernie Mac said that he got that all the time. After a half-hearted haha, he called out to Nelson to come over and clean up the junk next to him.
Blew the Cover
André 3000 loves staying away from the industry. To the media, he is an enigma. Most aren’t aware of what he is up to or what he’s been doing. As he tends to stay away from the public eye, for the most part, we’re guessing he didn’t want his cover blown when he was relaxing at the beach.
It wasn’t until a fan recognized him that he agreed to take a picture with him. Everyone quickly registered that it was indeed him and rushed to interact with the beloved rapper.
Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner has a great sense of humor, so for this to happen to her must have made a sight we would love to see. One of her fans asked her to sign a poster, but the pen wouldn’t work.
Understandably frustrated, the fan declared that she would make the pen work. She aggressively scribbled on the poster until the paper ripped. Fortunately, one of Turner’s staff members took pity on the desperate fan and lent her a pen.
You would think that most bald people know that they do not have hair on their heads. There is no reason to point that out, but all logic can fly out the window when you are in the presence of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Formerly a wrestler for WWE, Johnson is now an actor and singer who has won the hearts of people with his warm attitude. A fan had a whole monologue prepared to express her appreciation for him, but she could only get out the words “You bald!” to him. Yikes!
Between the years 2005 to 2013, the Jonas Brothers undoubtedly had a chokehold on the teenage population. The three teen heartthrobs could make anyone fall for them with their incredible talent and smooth tones.
Even almost two decades later, the trio is still as attractive as ever. So, it’s natural if a fan were to stutter in their presence. Given how beloved Nick Jonas is, if he reached out his hand to us, we too would behave the same way. After all, it’s Nick Jonas!
Stephen Colbert is known for his sharp wit. He hosts The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and often asks the audience to provide questions for Colbert to answer. Cassidy Williams was invited to one of his shows, and she prepared a well-thought-out question that would paint her in a positive light on the show.
At the moment, she froze and had to resort to asking him what his favorite website was. Naturally, she was horrified by her awkwardness and couldn’t think for the rest of the show.
Every movie fan knows Samuel L. Jackson. Apart from his extremely distinguishable and gruff voice, the actor has incredible range and will have you invested in his films. He is also known to have somewhat of a blunt personality.
Seeing him and being scared is completely okay. These teens were too scared to ask for a picture, so they kept hovering around the actor. Jackson noticed and simply asked if they wanted a photo. Tyler’s photo, however, isn’t the clearest it could be.
Seven Feet Tall
Basketball players tend to be very tall, but very few are as tall as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The American former professional basketball player stands a little over seven feet tall. At a DNC convention in Philadelphia, an usher was going around telling people to take their seats.
He yelled at Kareem to take his seat, unaware that he was just that tall. After that, he had the guts to ask for a picture. We think we know how Kareem felt about it.
Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
Sean Wilcox had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing “My Girl” to the girl of many people’s dreams, Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s unclear if he did it on purpose or not, but Paltrow was clearly mortified.
Wilcox was working at a restaurant at that time and was preparing the tables when the song played. As the chorus wrapped up and the song proceeded to the final “My Girl,” he sang it really loud and made eye contact with the actress. Needless to say, she wasn’t amused.
Hit the Accelerator
Dwight Schrute was one of the most memorable characters on the NBC sitcom The Office. If you don’t know actor Rainn Wilson from that role, you probably recognize him from the endless Dwight memes on the internet.
This poster was so surprised to see Rainn Wilson, that they accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes, almost running the actor over. Thankfully, both parties came out of the situation unharmed. We can’t imagine how scared the actor and driver must have felt!
An Ungrateful Starlet
Fans are the ones keeping celebrities on their pedestal, and sometimes, these privileged personalities forget that. This is also that one thing that kicks them off their spot.
Many recall having bitter experiences with their former heroes, like this one fan who was at an early release party for Black Panther. They only wanted to show their love for Lupita Nyong’o but ended up receiving an eye roll from her. Not only did she not return the fan’s kind gesture, but she also complained about them.