May 13, 2007: the final day of the Premier League season. With seconds left in the first half of a match between champions Manchester United and relegation favourites West Ham, the ball loops off Wes Brown’s right boot and into the Old Trafford sky. Carlos Tevez, in default wasp attack mode, meets it and slides the ball between the legs of Edwin Van Der Sar and into the net to secure a 1-0 win for the Londoners.
Although scored in Manchester, this goal had its most profound impact in Sheffield. However, it was a goal with its roots, or, perhaps tentacles, in South America, Russia and Israel, a goal so dramatic it was the end game of a transfer seemingly masterminded by two Russian oligarchs with direct links to Vladimir Putin.
In fact, it was a transfer so murky that it would be illegal now.