The world of football has seen many incredible goals in the past. We have seen players doing inhuman plays and scoring goals from anywhere on the field. Here are the top 20 best goals of all time.
20. Thierry Henry’s return goal
In the 68th minute of the FA Cup 2012 third-round match between Arsenal And Leeds, it marked the return of Thierry Henry to the field in the Arsenal’s outfit. After 10 minutes, followed by a beautiful pass by Alex Song, piercing the defense and beating the goalkeeper to it, Henry hit an outstanding diagonal shot into the right bottom of the goalpost.
19. Eden Hazard’s solo goal against Liverpool
Eden Hazard was one of the best players that Chelsea had. His contribution is immeasurable and this goal is nothing but a drop from the vast ocean of goals for his team.
The scoreline was tied up to a 1-1. This is when Hazard took the ball in his control and went past 3 defenders and then scored an incredible diagonal goal beating the goalkeeper.
18. Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick goal vs Norwich
In a nail-biting match between Manchester United and Norwich, it was Ronaldo all over the place. He had already bagged a brace and gave his team a 2-0 lead. But when the opposition equalized the scoreline, it was Ronaldo again who took things into his hands and led his team to victory.
Ronaldo got everybody at Old Trafford on their toes when he scored an unbelievable free-kick to the top right of the goalpost.
17. Frank Lampard’s chip against Barcelona
In the 2006/7 UEFA Champions League match between Chelsea and Barcelona, Frank Lampard got the whole Camp Nou on their toes. He hit an incredible chip shot into the top corner of the goal post to equalize the 1-0 trail for Chelsea.
16. Haaland’s magical volley against Schalke
Recently signed by Manchester City, Erling Haaland’s skillset is amazing at his age. He defies logic and is known for doing unimaginable plays on the field.
He put up a magic show when his friend Sancho gave him a great cross pass. Haaland, instead of receiving the ball and then making a play, went for an aerial volley and shot it inside the goalpost past a defender and the goalkeeper.
15. Bergkamp’s Wonder Goal
Voted as the best goal by Arsenal, Dennis Bergkamp hit a magnificent goal in an important matchup with Newcastle. Succeeding a great cross from Pires, Bergkamp tricked the defender by cutting the ball and then shooting it inside the goal past the goalkeeper’s grasp.
The cut was so astonishing that many started to refer to it as a fluke rather than his mastery over the ball.
14. Gareth Bale’s Bicycle Kick vs Liverpool
The 2018 UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool was going to mark the third consecutive title for the defending champions Real Madrid.
It was a 1-1 scoreline at the 61st minute of the game when Gareth bale was substituted in. Just after three minutes on the field, Bale converted a beautiful cross by Marcelo into a top left corner goal by hitting the ball with an extraordinary bicycle kick. He then carried on to hit another 40-yard-long snipe and won the reals their title.
13. Maradona’s Goal of the Century
In the 1986 FIFA World Cup matchup between Argentina and England, Maradona had already scored a goal in the 51st minute giving Argentina an upper hand. And just after four minutes, this argentine forward was seen dribbling past 5 English players and finally past the goalkeeper to score the “Goal Of The Century”. This second goal proved to be crucial as they won 2-1 to advance to the semis.
12. Zlatan’s 30-yard bicycle kick goal
The inauguration of their brand new Friends Arena Stadium proved to be quite good for the home team. Sweden won 4-2 against England. It was all thanks to the 6 ft 2 inches-tall Zlatan’s performance.
He carried the team to victory by scoring all 4 goals in the match. Although the most mesmerizing moment of all was the 30-yard-long bicycle kick goal by the Swedish forward.
11. Messi’s solo goal against Athletic Bilbao
One of the best goals in Messi’s arsenal of incredible goals was scored against Athletic Bilbao in 2015.
Even when Messi found himself stuck in between three defenders, he was able to find a way out and went past them. He continued to beat the other two defenders and ultimately the goalkeeper to score the goal.
10. Wayne Rooney Bicycle Kick vs City
In the Manchester Derby of February 2011, everybody witnessed one of the best goals in the history of Football. It was when the match was equalized on a 1-1 score and the pressure was tremendous that everybody was awestruck with what happened next.
Just 12 minutes before the long whistle when Nani made a great aerial pass to Rooney, he showcased his acrobatic skills and lifted his whole body in the air to hit an amazing bicycle kick. His accuracy and power resulted in the ball hitting the net and the goalkeeper could do nothing but watch.
9. Roberto Carlos’ free-kick against France
Carlos’ free kick against France has to be the best free kick to date. It was a spectacle to watch. When he hit the ball from the free-kick spot its initial trajectory felt like it will hit the audience. But mid-air the ball swung in as if Carlos was controlling the ball with his mind.
Goalkeeper Fabien couldn’t believe what he was seeing and was completely stationary in the awe of this incredible long free-kick by the left-back.
8. Zidane’s incredible volley
In the final matchup of Champions League 2002, it was a heated battle between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. It was 1-1 before the half-time. But it all changed when the Frenchman scored a magnificent volley goal.
When Carlos lifted the ball high towards Zidane, he reacted to it in an unnatural way, hitting the ball mid-air with all his might, and the very next moment the ball was seen hitting the net.
7. Giroud’s scorpion kick goal
FIFA Puskas Award 2017 winner, Olivier Giroud’s stunning scorpion kick goal was one of a kind. It was in a matchup between Arsenal and Crystal Palace in English Premier League 2016/17.
Arsenal’s players were on a counterattack when Sanchez managed to throw a cross towards Giroud who was carried off with his momentum. But he put his all and swung his leg behind his body to hit a scorpion kick onto the ball. The ball hit the top crossbar and then went straight inside.
6. Ronaldo’s overhead kick against Juventus
Crowned as the Best Goal of the Season by UEFA, Ronaldo’s overhead kick was just extraordinary. It was the first leg of the quarter-final matchup between Real Madrid and Juventus.
After a shot on goal by Lucas which was blocked by the Juve goalkeeper, it was Ronaldo who finished up the work his teammate couldn’t do. Carvajal crossed the ball inside the penalty area, where Ronaldo lifted his body in the air to almost head level to hit an incredible bicycle kick which no one believed until it hit the net. All the Juventus audience stood up to applaud Ronaldo’s feat.
5. Son’s field-long sprint solo goal
Son Heung Min’s solo goal against Burnley in a matchup in December 2019 was awarded the FIFA Puskas Award 2020. The Lilywhites won the game 5-0.
For the third goal of the match, Son picked up the ball from their penalty area and was sprinting at full speed towards the opposite goalpost. He pierced through their defense easily even with the ball as leverage. Finally beating the goalkeeper to score this award-winning goal.
4. Ronaldinho’s overhead kick against Villarreal
The matchup between Barcelona and Villarreal on 25th November 2006 ended up in a 4-0 win for Barcelona. The opening and ending goals were both scored by Ronaldinho. One of which was an overhead bicycle kick.
He received an aerial pass from his teammate on his chest and then instantly lifted his body to hit a beautiful goal without letting the ball drop to the ground.
3. Neymar’s wonder goal against Villarreal
Barcelona’s 3-0 victory against Villarreal was outcasted by the amazing goal from the foot of Neymar. Neymar hit a Sombrero flick followed by a power-packed volley to beat the goalkeeper.
2. Oscarine Masuluke’s incredible overhead kick goal
Against the Orlando Pirates, the Baroka goalkeeper, Oscarine Masuluke was seen in the opposition penalty area in a desperate attempt to equalize the scoreline. When the Pirates’ goalkeeper couldn’t clear the ball with enough force, Masuluke capitalized instantly by scoring a goal out of a bicycle kick to the ball. The celebration is also Legendary and interesting to watch.
1. Messi’s solo goal against Getafe
Everybody at Camp Nou witnessed the birth of a beast at the game when a mere 19-year-old Messi scored an incredible solo goal. It was the first leg of the semi-final matchup in Copa Del Rey 2007.
Messi took the ball under his control from the midline and didn’t leave it until he made a goal out of it. He beat all the Getafe defenders and ultimately the goalkeeper to score one of the best goals of his career. Everybody at Camp Nou stood up to give a standing ovation for the 19-year-old.