Soccer is one of the most beloved sports for a good reason; it gives the fans 90+ minutes filled with excitement and joy. This sport has devoted fans because it always delivered quality play and this has sprung a passion and love in the hearts of many that can’t ever be replaced. Throughout time there have been some magical goals that made people scream filled with joy or freeze in shock. Take a look at the countdown of the 10 best soccer goals of all time, the goals that prove more to the point that this is a thrill filled sport.
10. Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick
The biggest rivalry in Premier League is between Manchester City and Manchester United. In 2011 Rooney proved once more why he is England’s best striker with a goal that made petrified Joe Hart. Rooney’s timing was brilliant and he used his acrobatic skills to pull of an amazing bicycle kick. His performance brought tears of joy and pride in the eyes of many City fans that day.
9.Ibrahimovic shows Bologna his back heel volley
Zlatan Ibrahimovic might not be one of the most liked soccer players because of his arrogance, but his talent is unmatched and can’t be denied by anyone. While he was playing for Internazionale Milano he managed to pull off a ridiculous goal that was served to him by Adriano. Ibrahimovic back heel volleyed the cross from Adriano straight into Bologna’s gate and marked what would be one of the best goal in soccer history.
8.Denis Bergkamp vs. Newcastle
In 2002, Denis Bergkamp gave his biggest gift to soccer and to Arsenal fans. He received a pass from Robert Pires, flicked it with his left foot and spinned around Dabizas from Newcastle and beat Shay Given to score the mind-blowing goal.
7. Roberto Carlos’s thunderbolt strike
In Copa del Rey, Real Madrid’s own Roberto Carlos scored a goal against Tenerife that still has people wondering to this day if he did it by accident or he actually tried to mark. The Brazilian’s goal defied the laws of physics journeying beside the corner flag straight to the far top corner of the opposing side’s net. This was an amazing goal that made all the fans celebrate quality football at its best.
6. Eric Cantona makes history in 1996
Eric Cantona is one of soccer’s best players of all time without a doubt. While playing for Manchester United in 1996 he dazzled everyone by chipping the ball over the opponent team’s goalkeeper from the edge of the penalty area. It’s goals like this one that make us love this sport and appreciate the pure genius of soccer players.
5. Zinedine Zidane’s goal at the 2002 Champions League final
At the 2002 Champions League final the atmosphere was sad before the game began. A minute of silence was held to honor Valeriy Lobanovski, the Ukranian manager that died two days before this match. In the 45th minute of the match the score was 1-1. Zidane saw an opportunity and volleyed the ball with his left foot into the top corner to decide the fate of the final. The match was won with his goal, the 21 year-old goalkeeper of Real Madrid, Iker Cassilas managing to defend the 2-1 score.
4. Pele’s plaque goal
Pele was the provider of many amazing goals in his career. But none of them compare to the one he scored on the 5th of March 1961. He collected the call in his own penalty area and dribbled the entire team of Fluminense without passing to another teammate and scored a goal that left everyone with their jaws opened. At the entrance of the Maracana Stadium they put a plaque to honor this goal that is considered by Brazilians and others to be the most beautiful in soccer history.
3.Ronaldo and the 40 yard kick
Cristiano Ronaldo might not be loved by all because he is cocky when he scores but you can’t deny his talent. In 2009, while he was playing for Manchester United no one thought that he would dare try to score from 40 yards away in the match against Porto. The stakes were high but he didn’t disappoint and sent the ball into the top cornet of the gate from that ridiculous distance. He gave soccer fans many moments of joy and amazed us all by scoring incredible goals, but none can compare to the 40 yard kick he managed to pull off.
2. Maradona’s goal of the century
In the 1986 FIFA World Cup, only four minutes after the much debated “Hand of God” goal, Maradona scored what would be known since 2002 as the goal of the century. After Hector Enrique passed the ball to Maradona in Argentina’s own half, he took off on a 60 yard race that would last 10 seconds and passed four of England’s outfield players to slot the ball into the net for his second goal of the match.
Messi has become a symbol of modesty and humility in soccer, attributes that make him one of the most loved soccer players. He proved his brilliance to us all hundreds of times, but none of his brilliant moments compare to his goal against Getafe. Messi’s goal might resemble Maradona’s but yet again, Maradona wasn’t 19 years old when he managed to pulled off his amazing goal. Messi showed speed, genius, strength and technical ability when he scored; keeping in mind the fact that he was only 19 makes the goal by far the best in soccer history. In his race he beat four defenders and the goalkeeper, he then chipped the ball over another defender from Getafe and scored the most brilliant goal of all time.