What makes a great goal?
The artistic brilliance and ingenuity that epitomizes soccer has captivated audiences for over a century. Compared with other sports, soccer’s relatively simple rules allow players to create innumerable variations of tricks, skills, passes and shots.
This capacity for novelty has seen the popularity of the beautiful game grow with unabated vigor. In particular, millions of unique goals have been scored, the best of which can be viewed in the Top 5 goals Ever Scored in Football.
Choosing the best soccer goals was not an easy task. A flicked back-heel or an audacious overhead kick will be attempted hundreds of times in a season of soccer, and one has to question whether it is luck or skill that causes one or two to hit the back of the net. This video compilation includes only those strikes that required extraordinary ability, skill and difficulty.
5. Carlos Alberto
The Brazilian team that took part in the 1970 World Cup was one of the greatest in the history of the beautiful game. Led by Carlos Alberto, the team included Pele, Jairzinho, Rivelino, and Gerson. They won every match in the tournament, culminating in a 4-1 demolition of Italy in the final. This final match saw one of the greatest team goals ever scored.
4. Roberto Carlos
This entry is more of a tribute to the greatness of Roberto Carlos. The spectacular video contains 3 extraordinary goals. The first is perhaps the most watched goal in the history of soccer. Even to this day, no-one appears to have reproduced Roberto’s free-kick that left French goalkeeper, Fabian Barthez, stationary and perplexed. Perhaps better, the second goal in the video features an impossible strike from the narrowest of angles.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovich
In 2004, Zlatan Ibrahimovich produced a goal worthy of the great Johan Cruyff. He twisted and turned, evading five attempts to win the ball before slotting calmly into the goal. The range of skills and dummies he utilized made it one of the best soccer goals ever. His team, Ajax, won the game 6-2, which may bring the quality of the opposition defense into question. Nevertheless, it is a joy to watch.
2. Diego Maradona
Perhaps the most famous goal in the history of the beautiful game, Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup strike against England was a moment of pure genius. He picked up the ball in his own half and beat 4 players and the goalkeeper before poking the ball into the net. Argentina went on to win the tournament with Maradona named as the best player.
1. Lionel Messi
As the best player in the world, it’s quite fitting that Lionel Messi has also scored the best goal. It came for Barcelona against Getafe in 2007, and it showed many similarities with Diego Maradona’s strike 20 years earlier. From the same starting and finishing positions, he beat 4 players before rounding the goalkeeper to score. While there is little difference between the two goals, Messi’s had a slightly better finish.
There were many great goals that didn’t quite make it into this video compilation. Notable mentions go to the overhead kicks from Wayne Rooney, Mauro Bressan and Rivaldo; Rafael Van Der Vaart’s back-heel goal; Clarence Seedorf’s long-range pile-driver; Johan Cruyff’s greatest goal (1972); Dalian Atkinson’s solo goal; Andres Vasquez’s “Rabona goal”; and the flying volley from Robin Van Persie. This list of incredible goals has to make some omissions! Thank you for reading and watching, I hope you enjoyed this compilation!