Top 50 Goals in Football History

50. Dimitri Payet 

Opponent: Crystal Palace
Type of Goal: Free Kick
Why It’s So Special: It’s pretty much impossible to strike a free kick like that, yet Payet somehow managed to do it. The goalkeeper was right there, but never had a chance. The flight of the ball is just unreal.

49. Dimitri Payet 

Opponent: Middlesbrough
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special:  The ball from Reid is excellent in the first instance but the first touch to control it is different class because he takes it away from the defender. Then with Barragan putting an enormous amount of pressure on him, Payet turns him inside out magnificently, then he makes Gaston Ramirez fall to the ground with a daft touch, does two stepovers to fake out Chambers, fakes a shot fooling George Friend and then slots in behind three defenders and the goalkeeper with ease. He beat six defenders in this instance, some of them a couple of different times before slotting it past the goalkeeper and scoring a wonder goal.

48. Pablo Osvaldo 

Opponent: Manchester City
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: The pass over to him was hard enough to control but he took it down with ease before cutting it back across his body. Then he dangled his way around one of the best Premier League defenders of all time, Vincent Kompany, then got passed Zabaleta and then almost chipped the goalkeeper at the far side when their was zero room to chip the goalkeeper from there, who by the way was  6’7 Costel Pantillimon, and then to top it all off it was placed so well that it went off the cross bar and in!

47. Carlos Tevez 

Opponent: Parma
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: Tevez picked up the ball from his own half, fought off a clear foul and then used use his pace to run all the way to the opponent’s box with ease. But then a final defender comes in to make a swoop and it looks like he’s going to steal the ball, but Tevez dinks it around him before finishing brilliantly in the bottom corner. The goalkeeper was so mesmerized that he didn’t even move.

46. Robin Van Persie 

Opponent: Aston Villa
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: Two great all-time goal scorers combining for one amazing goal. Wayne Rooney’s ball in to Van Persie was one of the best passes you’ll ever see and then Van Persie finished it off in style with a left-footed volley from distance. Beautiful goal.

45. Arjen Robben 

Opponent: Manchester United
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: Any other time you’ll see a volley off of a corner kick like this, it’ll be smashed into the top corner. But Arjen Robben managed to keep this on the ground and managed to perfectly place it across the net just inside the post. Yes he was unmarked, but he still hit at the exact perfect moment to get the exact amount of pace, power and accuracy that he wanted. It’s a truly underrated finish and one of the few goals on this list that isn’t finished in the top corner.

44. Robin Van Persie 

Opponent: Charlton Athletic
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: He actually had to jump to get to the ball first, yet he still managed to hit it with pace and power right into the top corner of the net. It’s one thing to hit a volley while standing, it’s another thing to actually jump in the air and get your foot at the perfect height to strike the ball with that much pace and accuracy.

43. Matias Almeyda  

Opponent: Parma
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: This is another instance of a player taking a shot without even having time to think. He smashed this volley with curve and dip from a long way out and made the perfect amount of contact.

42. Philippe Mexes 

Opponent: Anderlecht
Type of Goal: Bicycle Kick
Why It’s So Special: Bicycle kicks are hardest to do after you take it down on the chest because i’s hard to get your body in that position before the ball is already about to hit the ground. So the chest control is excellent on this one and then the contact is also incredible as it glides into the top corner.

41. Eric Hassli 

Opponent: Seattle Sounders
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: He flicked it up to himself and then somehow managed to volleyit all the way across to the other side, on to the top corner, off the post and in. If he had volleyed that to the near post it’s still a special goal, but the fact that he managed to get it all the way to the other side was incredible.

40. Hugo Sanchez 

Opponent: Logrones
Type of Goal: Bicycle Kick
Why It’s So Special: He caught the ball at the perfect height and arguably better than anyone has ever caught the ball on a bicycle kick ever before. Somehow he still managed to sneak into the top corner on the opposite side.

39. Thierry Henry 

Opponent: Manchester United
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: Recognizing that the defender was right on his back, Thierry Henry had the classs and composure to flick it up in the air to himself and then strike the ball, just in hope that it would hit the back of the net. It ended up being the perfect strike and a fantastic goal out of nothing.

38. Clarence Seedorf

Opponent: Atletico Madrid
Type of Goal: Long-Range
Why It’s So Special: It’s one of the most powerful shots ever yet still manages to be so accurate, nestling into that top corner from a long way out. Not to mention, it was from just in front of the halfway line and the last angle shots it curving so much that it fools the goalkeeper.

37. Roberto Baggio 

Opponent: Czechoslovakia
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: He was so fast and skillful that the defender didn’t know which way to turn or how to stop him. His ability to run from the half way line all the way to the opponent’s box and then finish like that was magnificent.

36. Roberto Carlos

Opponent: Tenerife
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: There is probably no goal in the football history that has been hit so well from such a ridiculous angle as this. The ball was going out for a goal kick near the corner flag and Roberto Carlos just smashed it into the top corner. Even if he didn’t mean it, it’s still unbelievable.

35. Tony Yeboah 

Opponent: Liverpool
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: Not only was it a volley hit with the perfect amount of pace, power and dip but it was so well struck that it rattled the cross bar and then went in.

34. Dalian Atkinson 

Opponent: Wimbledon
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: He flew past four defenders, fought against tough challenges, faked out the last defender and then had the audacity to dink it over the goalkeeper from a long-way out. None of that is easy to do.

33. Dennis Bergkamp

Opponent: Argentina
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: The cross, which was from before the half-way line was probably the most picture perfect cross ever before and somehow Dennis Bergkamp managed to control that 60-metre cross with the perfect touch before turning it inside the defender and then finishing on the volley with the outside of his foot. That cross should have never been controlled that well and Dennis Bergkamp should have never found a way to score from it, but somehow he did.

32. Lionel Messi 

Opponent: Real Zaragoza
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: He was being fouled for a good three or four seconds before breaking free from the defender who was fouling him at the halfway line, then he shouldn’t even had time to react as a sliding tackle came in but he cleverly pushed it past the tackler, making him look silly, then he turned a third defender inside and out before finishing beautifully in the bottom right corner. Brilliant goal.

31. Tony Yeboah 

Opponent: Wimbledon
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: The ball was just bouncing around from player to player until Tony Yeboah took control of it, knocked it down from his chest to his knee, then to the floor, then passed the defender and then he smashed it off the crossbar and in with venom. It would have been so easy to sky that way off target but he hit it perfectly.

30. Linus Hallenius 

Opponent: Syrianska
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: The chest control is perfect, the flick over the defender is perfect and brilliant and then he somehow manages to top it all off with a stunning left-footed volley that flies into the top corner from an impossible angle. Defender and goalkeeper never had a chance.

29. Ronaldinho

Opponent: England
Type of Goal: Free Kick
Why It’s So Special: The free kick was at a near impossible angle and distance to score at to begin with but after Ronaldinho hit it, the ball just floated in the air almost magically, soaring into that top corner. He should have never caught the goalkeeper out from there, but somehow he did.

28. Ronaldinho 

Opponent: Sevilla
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: The goalkeeper throws it out to him and then he does the rest. He uses his pace and skill to beat two defenders and then strikes the ball perfectly right on to the crossbar and in from 30-odd yards out.

27. Trevor Sinclair 

Opponent: Barnsley
Type of Goal: Bicycle Kick
Why It’s So Special: Unlike most of the other bicycle kicks on this list, this one is actually hit from well-outside the box, yet he still manages to catch it so perfectly and get it past the goalkeeper who could do nothing but watch. The cross was hit so high that no one in their right mind would have tried a bicycle kick from there, yet Trevor Sinclair did and the result paid off.

26. Paulo Di Canio

Opponent: Wimbledon
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: It’s hard to tell if it was intentional or if he just didn’t known which foot to strike it with so he decided to lift them both up in the air. Either way, thousands of players have been trying it since and none have been able to perfect it. Paulo Di Canio’s goal stands alone as a very unique way of scoring, jumping in the air with both feet off the ground and then volleying it hard into the bottom corner. It’s a truly special way of scoring a goal.

25. Thomas Muller 

Opponent: Darmstadt
Type of Goal: Bicycle Kick
Why It’s So Special: Only the best of the best can score a goal like that. After taking it down on his chest, the ball was on it’s way down about to hit the floor before Muller flung his body at it and managed to make contact with it and flick it up into the top corner of the net.

24. George Weah 

Opponent: Verona
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: Weah received the ball from an opposition’s corner kick and then just ran with it the length of the field, breaking free of several defenders before striking the ball hard and low perfectly into the bottom corner. The last touch to get around the last defender before the shot was world class.

23. Mauro Bressan

Opponent: Barcelona
Type of Goal: Bicycle Kick
Why It’s So Special: He was so far out that he should have never scored from there, let alone scored from there with a bicycle kick! He hit it beautifully right on to the cross bar and in. Very few players in the world could hit a bicycle kick from that far out so perfectly.

22. George Best

Opponent: Fort Lauterdale Strikers
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: There must have been four or five defenders around him that entire time that he was just staying in the same general area, shifting from left to right yet none of them could stop him. To beat that many defenders in such a tight area is incredible.

21. Wayne Rooney 

Opponent: Newcastle United
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: Look at how far he is out and then look how hard he smashed it and how accurate he still managed to place it. Rooney didn’t even take a touch before thumping the ball in to the top corner from a long way out. It is one of the most stunning volleys ever.

20. Matthew Le Tissier 

Opponent: Newcastle United
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: The whole thing was just so clever. The pass over to him was behind him so he backheeled it over top of his head right on to his foot. Then he chipped two difenders and finished bottom corner where the keeper didn’t even have a chance.

19. Saeed Al Owairan 

Opponent: Belgium
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: Owairan ran from deep inside his own half all the way to the opposition’s box and no one could stop him. Saudi Arabia were a small country at the 1994 World Cup and no one gave them any chance against Belgium until Owairan went on and did this to win his team the game 1-0. Several players threw themselves in the way of him trying to stop him but none of them could, when he finally reached the box both goalkeeper and one last defender slid out to make one last challenge and what does he do? He chips it over the both of them! Brilliant!

18. Zinedine Zidane

Opponent: Bayer Leverksuen
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: Every single pass leading up to Zidane’s finish was fantastic and then the Frenchman finished it off with style, volleying it inside the near post. I can’t stress how hard it is to keep the ball down after it’s been hanging around in the air for so long. To make matters even greater, this goal was scored in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final.

17. Dennis Bergkamp 

Opponent: Newcastle United
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: Berkgamp’s goal against Necastle is one of those moments that people around the world have been trying to replicate for years and no one has been able to master. It was just such a clever piece of skill and such an amazing turn before a clinical finish. No one has ever scored a goal like this ever before, making it that much more special.

16. Roberto Carlos

Opponent: France
Type of Goal: Free Kick
Why It’s So Special: Look at how far out he is, then look at how much power he gets on it despite hitting it with the outside of his boot, then look at the crazy amount of curve he manages to get on the ball. No one has ever curved a ball as much as that before and scored a goal. That is why it is a truly unique goal and one of the greatest of all time.

15. Eric Cantona 

Opponent: Sunderland
Type of Goal: Chip Goal
Why It’s So Special: It starts of with Eric Cantona dangling his way through two defenders and then breaking free of both of them. Then he unselfishly plays a one two with his teammate, continues his run, gets the ball back and then chips it over the goalkeeper from distance. Even he was surprised about good of a goal he had just scored.

14. Marco Van Basten 

Opponent: Den Bosch
Type of Goal: Bicycle Kick
Why It’s So Special: He actually had to move backwards just to even make contact with the ball and then to do a bicycle kick and get it off the post in the top corner on the opopsiste side was remarkable. It was also a great team goal with a lot of swift passing before Van Basten finished it off in style.

13. Rivaldo 

Opponent: Valencia
Type of Goal: Bicycle Kick
Why It’s So Special: As I’ve previously mentioned, it is so hard to do a bicycle kick after taking the ball on the chest because it’s difficult to keep the ball high enough in the air that you can get up in time to do it. Rivaldo was outside of the 18-yard box but still managed to score a beautiful goal from a bicycle kick after a pretty difficult to control cross.

12. Jay-Jay Okocha 

Opponent: Karlsruher SC
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: He probably did more than he needed to, but he still managed to hold on to the ball for a long time and fool the defenders and the goalkeeper several times before waiting for the perfect moment to strike the ball.

11. Wayne Rooney 

Opponent: Manchester City
Type of Goal: Bicycle Kick
Why It’s So Special: The cross from Nani was wicked but then Wayne Rooney jumped as high up in the air as he could, made contact with the ball beautifully and smashed it in to the top corner. No one has ever scored a bicycle kick as technically perfect as that ever before. The ball was in the back of the net before Joe Hart even had time to blink an eye.

10. Ryan Giggs

Opponent: Arsenal
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: Like many solo goals on this list, Giggs picked up the ball from the halfway line and ran with it all the way to the opposition’s box. He dangled his way through so many Arsenal players and the last two defenders were so tight together that he should have never gotten through them but somehow he did. Then to top it all off he smashed the ball over top of the goalkeeper right into the roof of the net.

9. Oktay Derelioglu 

Opponent: Belgium
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: Oktay picked up the ball at halfway and then dribbled it around several defenders before reaching the box. There was a defender running with him the whole way and when he finally caught up only to have Oktay whisk past him again. Then the final three touches to get around the final three defenders was incredible. Then after his stunning run he has the coolness and composure to just slow everything down and finish it with a simple and subtle bottom corner shot.

8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

Opponent: England
Type of Goal: Bicycle Kick
Why It’s So Special: It’s unlikely that a bicycle kick has ever been scored from so far out as this ever before. It’s just so hard to get enough power on a bicycle kick that you can hit it from that far out so powerfully and accurately. Even if the goalkeeper was in the net, he still might not have saved it. It was that good.

7. Ronaldo

Opponent: Compostella
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: The moment he took the ball, Ronaldo started to have his shirt pulled back and could have just stopped right there and threw his arms up like 90% of footballers would have done today. But Ronaldo kept going and with his electyrifying pace, nobody could stop him. Two defenders did catch up near the end, but he dangled his way past both of them and then finished int he bottom left corner, fooling the goalkeeper.

6. Ronaldinho

Opponent: Villarreal
Type of Goal: Bicycle Kick
Why It’s So Special: This is the last goal of this type so I’ll say it one last time, it is nearly impossible to control the ball off your chest and then get your legs up in time to bicycle kick the ball. It is even more impossible when you’ve actually miss-controlled your chest control so much that you have to turn 180 degrees before lifting your legs up and kicking the ball into the opposite corner of the net over top of the goalkeeper. This bicycle kick is incredible and there will never be a goal scored quite like this ever again.

5. Grafite 

Opponent: Bayern Munich
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: Grafite was just fooling defenders left and right. His dribbling was incredible and he made so many top quality Bayern Munich defenders look absolutely silly. Then he gets around the goalkeeper and what does he do? He backheels it into the net and just lets it roll agonizing slow into the net as the defenders look even more silly.

4. Marco Van Basten 

Opponent: USSR
Type of Goal: Volley
Why It’s So Special: It’s the best volley of all time. Van Basten somehow managed to strike it with so much power back across the goal at such an awkward angle. The cross just hung in the air for so long yet he still managed to wait for the perfect moment to hit it. The ball hung around in the air for so long and Van Basten just kept on running, waiting for the perfect moment to strike it. The passing was brilliant and the volley was even better.

3. Diego Maradona 

Opponent: England
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: Diego Maradona beat seven different defenders, some of them multiple times on his way to the net before getting around the goalkeeper and barrying the ball. When he picked up the ball near the halfway line he had two defenders on him right away so he turned and did a piruette before freeing himself down the wing where he used his pace to glide past more defenders. The last touch around the last defender is brilliant but the goalkeeper comes out so fast that Maradona shouldn’t even had time to think about what he was going to do next. But the Argentine forward just moved the ball past the goalkeeper and then as he was finishing the ball in the back of the net he gets slide tackled from behind but still scores.

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

Opponent: NAC Breda
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: Unlike the one below him and the one above him, Zlatan Ibrahimvic did not use any pace to get past these defenders. Instead, he just used his incredible skill. He fooled so many defenders, several times, faking shots and using incredible skill moves so many times before berrying the ball in the back of the net clinically. When he first picks up the ball, two defenders are instantly on him just like Maradona’s goal one of them even leaves their feet to try and get the ball and Ibra just brushes him off, using his strength to hold on to the ball. Then he fakes a shot one way, fakes a shot again, turns a defender inside, turns another defender inside, turns another defender inside, fakes another shot, pulls it back and finishes bottom corner giving the goalkeeper no chance. He was working in such a tight area with so many defenders around him yet he still managed to keep control of the ball and make them all look like preschoolers.

1. Lionel Messi 

Opponent: Getafe
Type of Goal: Solo Goal
Why It’s So Special: It’s pretty much identical to Maradona’s goal except Messi is dribbling at such a faster pace making it all the more difficult for him to keep hold of the ball but somehow he does and somehow he still scores. The goal starts out with Messi receiving the ball before his halfway line and then instantly being closed down by a defender, so he quickly rolls the ball to the left and carries on. Then he gets closed down by another defender so he puts it through his legs. Then his speed reaches new heights and he travels at a pace that is so fast that nobody can stop him. He gets to the last defenders, cuts it on to his right foot to beat the first and then quickly back on to his left to beat the second, the goalkeeper charges out, he moves it past him and then the ball is seemingly about to go out of bounds and a player slides in to make it nearly impossible for him to now score, but he slides in and dinks it over the sliding defender. It’s just an incredible goal and there may never be a better goal ever.

So there it is! The Top 50 Goals in Football History! Hope you enjoyed it! Subscribe, comment and like below and I will see you next time!

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