The Italian international is best remembered for his time with Chelsea, winning two FA Cups, a League Cup, Charity Shield, Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup with the club.
He also managed them to FA Cup and Champions League success, but was recently dismissed from his role as head coach of German club Schalke 04.
However, it is that first FA Cup success that Di Matteo is best known for, with his pile-driver of a shot hitting the back of the net inside the opening minute, ending the game as a contest before it had begun.
It was a fantastic goal, and one deserving of any cup final, before Eddie Newton added a second late on to secure the victory.
It was Chelsea’s first trophy since the 1970’s and is really the start of the era of dominance that followed afterwards - all starting with Di Matteo’s wonderful goal.
To celebrate the Italian legend’s birthday, we take a look at five of the best FA Cup Final goals.
Ricky Villa - Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City, 1981
Steve MacKenzie - Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur, 1981
Stuart Pearce - Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham Hotspur, 1991
Norman Whiteside - Manchester United vs Everton, 1985
Steven Gerrard - Liverpool vs West Ham, 2006