Henrik Larsson, the King for the Special One Football Club Celtic FC

During the 1990s the Special One Football Club Celtic FC was struggling as their rival Glasgow Rangers were on top of the Scottish League. Celtic invested a lot of money in players such as Andreas Thom and Ľubomír Moravčík, who served pretty well for the Hoops.

However, nobody could imagine that ink a Swedish unknown player Henrik Larsson would be a decisive movement por the Bhoys. When in one of the first games played at Celtic FC Henrik Larsson, who showed off a dreadlocks look, made a terrible mistake that led to a goal for the opponent team, the green and white supporters would not bet that guy would leave the club in tears become in an absolute legend.

Because Henrik Larsson was absolutely unstoppable in Scotland during his stay at the Special One Football Club Celtic FC, specially when Martin O’Neill was the manager of the team. Brilliant hat-tricks in Cup finals, European cluch time scoring, Old Firm historic goals… With this superb couple of Martin O’Neill and Henrik Larsson, Celtic FC was placed on top of the Scottish football.

Other names joined Henrik Larsson for Celtic FC to experience a period of football glory: Chris Sutton, John Mjallby, Didier Agathe y Steve Guppy. As a result, the Hoops dazzled Europe with tremendous victories such as the 4-3 triumph against Juventus in 2001.

The ‘King’ won throughout his career four Scottish Premier Leagues, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups, scoring 180 goals in 221 appearances for Celtic FC. Those figures were sensational in an era of prolific strikers such as Ronaldo Nazario, Raul Gonzalez, Thierry Henry or Andriy Shevchenko. In 2001, Henrik Larsson won the Golden Boot after registering 35 goals.

Nevertheless, Larsson’s scoring peak did not mean that his legacy at Celtic FC was over. In 2003, the Hoops reached the UEFA Europe League final against FC Porto. The great side led by Jose Mourinho and Deco on the pitch was too much for Celtic and unfortunately they could not lift the title in Seville.

Above all, due to Henrik Larsson’s unswerving loyalty, huge personality and brilliant talent his name is still chanted at Celtic Park. Other names came in (Robbie Keane, Morten Rasmussen, Henri Camara…) and tried to replace his legacy, but there is no other Special One Football Player in this century for Celtic FC greater than Henrik Larsson.