Not all heroes wear capes.

These heroes wear jerseys and really brought something to the A-League through some truly memorable moments. But who is number one?

5) Eugene Dadi

Blessed with one of the great names in world football, Dadi was…unique. Armed with a mental set of dreadlocks which made you feel a bit Rastafarian and a Hollywood smile, Dadi was a born entertainer capable of doing bat-shit crazy things like this overhead bicycle kick which endeared him to Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory supporters.

4) Marcos Flores

Placing Flores in this list was tricky because on one hand, few people have been as unanimously loved by a fanbase as Marcos Flores was in Adelaide. On the other hand, he never scaled those heights again at Newcastle Jets or Melbourne Victory.

Flores was the King of Adelaide during his time there, he was literally the talk of the town adorning billboards and press junkets, thanks to his sublime skill. United supporters loved him, opposition fans loathed him and his pennant for scoring awe-inspiring goals was uncanny while his celebrations were zany but passionate.

3) Daniel McBreen

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McBreen copped it as a player but has enhanced his standing with a cracking Twitter feed and a general “call a spade a spade approach”. Say what you want it’s refreshing after listening to certain other identities talk about their vi$ion, even if it lands him in hot water from time to time.

Like when he trash talked Michael Theo and then missed his penalty as Central Coast lost the 2011/12 Grand Final.  You forget that he’s a Golden Boot winner and was a key cog in the Mariners golden era but McBreen’s greatest moment came this year:

https://twitter.com/adamOsaussies/status/1079688426977259521/video/1

Never change Daniel, never change.

2) Archie Thompson

Archie Thompson was king of the big moments, whenever one arose in a derby or finals fixture, Thompson would step-up and deliver like when he single-handedly wrecked Adelaide United in the 2006/07 Grand Final.

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While his energetic play and goal-scoring nous enamoured him to Victory supporters, his larrikin nature and utterly weird celebrations enamoured him to the wider A-League fanbase. Plus, he started the age old debate of ‘Who punched the corner flag first, Cahill or Thompson?”, which is Australian football’s answer to the chicken or the egg debate.

He is also subject to this beautifully titled YouTube clip: Funny soccer player humps corner flag.

1) Besart Berisha

Besart Berisha is amazing as long as he plays for your team, otherwise, it’s bloody annoying seeing him score in every single game. When he first rocked up the A-League sporting a very late-90’s bleached mowhawk, we were all kinda like “yeah who?”.

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Next minute, Besart was on a tear seemingly scoring for fun with an unnerving crazed look in his eye. If he wasn’t scoring he was challenging Pascal Bosschaart to start the A-League’s very own Fight Club or celebrating winning a penalty in a Grand Final like he’d just won the lottery. What a mad unit.

 

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