7 of Borussia Dortmund's Best Big Game Players of the Modern Era

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7 of Borussia Dortmund's Best Big Game Players of the Modern Era

It's fair to say ​that Borussia Dortmund are no longer in the shadow of rivals Bayern Munich and have emerged as a hugely successful club in their own right.

Their four Bundesliga titles this millennium, with additional runs to both the Champions League and UEFA Cup finals, have made Die Schwarzgelben a household name in football and a destination team for many of the best players in the world.

With that in mind, let's look back and recall their seven best big game players of the modern era. Those players who stepped up in important moments and did everything possible for Die Borussen to win.

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And while you'll recognise some of the players at the end of the list, let's start with some you might not remember as well...

Signing from Chilean club Colo-Colo in 2009, the Paraguay international initially struggled to familiarise himself with the Bundesliga. But he soon found his rhythm and ended up scoring 23 goals in his first season at the Westfalenstadion.

Barrios was equally as potent in the following campaign, scoring another 21 goals in all competitions before departing for China in 2012. 

Most Clutch Moment: Scoring a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Nürnberg, with the victory securing the club European football for the next season.

Making his debut in 1994, the midfielder became a regular in the first team at just 19 years old. He won two titles in his first two seasons as a professional footballer, and would go on to lift another in 2002.

Ricken ended making over 300 league appearances for Die Borussen and scored 49 goals overall, and is now employed as the youth coordinator at the club.

Most Clutch Moment: Coming on as a substitute and scoring an incredible long-range lob after 16 seconds in the 1996 Champions League final victory over Juventus.

He played over 150 games for Die Borussen, before making the move to England in 2016.

Most Clutch Moment: Scoring in the final minute of extra-time to defeat Greuther Fürth and send Dortmund into the 2012 DFB-Pokal final.

Though he began his career at the Westfalenstadion, it wasn't until he rejoined Die Schwarzgelben in 2012 that he then become a fan favourite. has won four trophies while at the club and has been crowned German Footballer of the Year twice for his efforts.

At 30 years old, the forward still has time to achieve more success with Der BVB.

Most Clutch Moment: His injury-time equaliser that helped Dortmund win 3-2 in the 2013 Champions League quarter-finals against Malaga.

Needing only five years to become the club's sixth-highest goalscorer of all-time, was a fantastic striker who was unfortunate not to win more titles in Germany.

Most Clutch Moment: Scoring the winning penalty to win the 2016 DFB-Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Arriving at the Westfalenstadion in 2010, the striker helped the club win back-to-back Bundesliga titles in his first two years in Germany. It was his goals that also drove Die Borussen towards the 2012 Champions League final, the Poland international scorig an astonishing total of 94 goals in three seasons before departing for rivals Bayern Munich in 2014.

It's an easy call to make that Lewandowski is undeniably Dortmund's Mr Clutch. No one else really comes close.

Most Clutch Moment: Scoring all four goals in the 2013 Champions League semi-final first-leg against Real Madrid.

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