Tim Cahill loves the big games.
Love the big games ⚽️️ https://t.co/6dvbnBHZwn— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) February 1, 2017
Arguably the most successful Australian pro soccer player in history, the 37-year-old doesn't really need to back that statement up at this point in his career, but he seems determined to do so. Since returning home to play for an Australian pro club, Cahill has, predictably, found many ways to make the news.
The former New York Red Bull has hitched himself to City Football Group's wagon, joining A-League's Melbourne City - and making himself one of the more visible aspects of CFG's international network of soccer clubs.
Congratulations Frank Lampard on an amazing career mate. Can do it all as a midfielder and goal scoring machine ⚽️️ pic.twitter.com/M9AgQ2Smd4— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) February 4, 2017
He already has a trophy to show for his time in A-League: he scored the winner for Melbourne City in the 2016 FFA Cup final.
But he seems to have saved some of his best work for the biggest games of Melbourne City's season. The Melbourne derby attracts a decent crowd, and Cahill delivered his first A-League goal in his first experience of MCFC's (see what CFG did there?) big match against local rival Melbourne Victory.
For the second Melbourne derby of the season, Cahill delivered a less-memorable goal - but made up for it with a memorably erratic goal celebration.
For this season's third meeting of the two Melbourne clubs, Cahill dispensed with the goal-scoring and found a way to make news without playing at all: he got himself sent off from the sideline.
Never a dull moment for the MVP of the New York Red Bulls' 2013 season.