Football’s ‘most loved’ moments – Iceland win over England and Fergie retirement

Football has seen so many iconic moments over the last 10 years.

From Sergio Aguero's last-minute winner against QPR to hand Manchester City their elusive first Premier League title to Germany putting seven past host nation Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, the beautiful game never seems short of dramatic moments.

Now, new research from TicketSource has revealed the most iconic sporting moments from the last ten years, by looking at several metrics such as YouTube views, Google search volume and proportion of video likes and dislikes.

Daily Star Sport takes a look back at the top seven 'most loved' football moments from the past decade.

7. Sir Alex Ferguson Leaves Manchester United, 2013

Undoubtedly the greatest manager of the Premier League era, Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United in 2013 with 13 top-flight titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League winner's medals.

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Having seen rivals Manchester City win the crown in dramatic circumstances the year before, the Red Devils strengthened their squad with the signing of Robin Van Persie from Arsenal with United going on to win the league with an eleven-point margin.

Sir Alex's last match, a 5-5 draw away at West Bromwich Albion ended with the vociferous Scotsman saluting the United faithful after his 1500th and final game in charge.

6. Germany 7-1 Brazil, 2014

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As host nation for the first time in 64 years, Brazil were strong favourites to lift the 2014 World Cup in front of their adoring fans with star man Neymar the poster boy for the Selecao.

Having topped Group A, Brazil managed to reach the semi-finals with victories over South American rivals Chile and Colombia.

Despite not performing to the level expected in those matches, no one could have foreseen what came next.

A 7-1 hammering in their own backyard by Joachim Low's side crushed Brazilian hearts with Germany scoring four in seven first-half minutes.

5. Leicester City win the Premier League, 2016

A 5000/1 fairytale story saw Leicester City win their first-ever top-flight title under the stewardship of Claudio Ranieri.

The Italian manager had a chip on his shoulder having been sacked as manager of Chelsea by Roman Abramovich with the Blues chairman claiming he'd 'never win the league'.

The Foxes were hardly ideal candidates, having only just survived in the Premier League the season before under Nigel Pearson.

Yet Ranieri instilled a belief and a style of play that everyone bought into. Dilly ding, dilly dong, Leicester at number one.

4. Iceland beat England, 2016

A country with a populace of just 330,000 knocked out Roy Hodgson's England with the Three Lions suffering one of the most embarrassing defeats at a major tournament in decades.

Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy had notched more than 50 goals the previous season for Tottenham and Leicester respectively, but both could only watch in horror as England's backline produced one of its worst displays in history.

After breaking the deadlock via Wayne Rooney's fourth-minute penalty, the Three Lions looked destined to book their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

But the lead only lasted a minute, England failed to deal with Iceland's trademark long throw with Ragnar Sigurdsson tapping home to level the scores.

Joe Hart then let Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's weak effort slip through his fingers with Iceland dumping Roy Hodgson's side out of the Euros in their first-ever major tournament.

3. England beat Colombia on penalties, 2018

West Germany in 1990, Germany in 1996, Argentina in 1998, Portugal in 2004, Portugal in 2006 and Italy in 2012, England don't have much luck when it comes to penalty shootouts at a major tournament.

Before the World Cup in Russia, they'd only ever won one; a 4-2 victory over Spain at Euro 96.

And after a 93rd-minute equaliser from current-Everton defender Yerry Mina sent England's Last 16 match to extra-time and penalties, history looked to be repeating itself.

Colombia scored all three of their opening spot-kicks with England matching Los Cafeteros until Jordan Henderson saw his penalty saved by David Ospina.

But the Three Lions turned the shootout on its head with Mateus Uribe hitting the bar and Jordan Pickford saving from Carlos Bacca before Eric Dier blasted home, to give England their first-ever win on penalties at a World Cup finals.

2. Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona, 2019

A 3-0 defeat at the Camp Nou in the first leg of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final clash left the Reds with it all to do when the sides met again in two weeks' time.

But Jurgen Klopp kept the faith after Divock Origi pulled one back and with an inspired half-time team talk and substitution, Liverpool were back on level terms thanks to two goals in three minutes from Gini Wijnaldum.

Then, with just 10 minutes remaining, the Reds won a corner in front of the Kop end.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, walking away from the ball, realised Origi was free in the area and so whipped the ball to the feet of the Belgian to prod home on another historic European night at Anfield.

1. Messi's last-minute El Classico winner, 2017

El Classico. Watched by millions around the world as the two most successful teams in Europe battle it out in one of football's fiercest rivalries.

In the most dramatic game of the decade, Real Madrid took the lead through Casemiro before a magical Lionel Messi goal saw the sides go into the break at 1-1.

A second-half full of action saw Barcelona take the lead with Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos dismissed after 77 minutes for a poor challenge on Messi.

Real then through they'd snatched a point when James Rodriguez converted from close range but once again Messi made the headlines with a 92nd-minute winner removing his shirt for the cameras in an iconic celebration.

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