Throughout the history of football, there have been numerous goals that have left fans in awe and players etched into the annals of football folklore.
In this article, we will take a look at 12 legendary goals that have made an indelible mark on the beautiful game.
1. Diego Maradona – “The Hand of God” (1986)
In the quarterfinals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Diego Maradona scored one of the most controversial goals in history.
Using his left hand, Maradona punched the ball into the net, fooling the referee and giving Argentina the lead against England.
This goal, later dubbed “The Hand of God,” remains one of the most talked-about moments in football history.
2. Marco van Basten – UEFA Euro 1988 Final
In the final of the UEFA Euro 1988, Marco van Basten scored a stunning volley from an acute angle against the Soviet Union.
The goal showcased his incredible technique and precision, securing a 2-0 victory for the Netherlands and earning van Basten a place in football folklore.
3. Lionel Messi – Solo Goal vs. Getafe (2007)
In a Copa del Rey match against Getafe, Lionel Messi embarked on a mesmerizing solo run, dribbling past several defenders before calmly slotting the ball into the net.
This goal showcased Messi’s extraordinary dribbling skills and cemented his status as one of the greatest players of all time.
4. Zinedine Zidane – UEFA Champions League Final 2002
In the final of the UEFA Champions League in 2002, Zinedine Zidane scored a breathtaking volley from outside the box against Bayer Leverkusen.
The goal was a testament to Zidane’s elegance and technical prowess, helping Real Madrid secure their ninth European Cup.
5. Roberto Carlos – Free Kick vs. France (1997)
In a friendly match between Brazil and France in 1997, Roberto Carlos unleashed a thunderous free kick from an impossible angle.
The ball swerved and dipped in mid-air, leaving the French goalkeeper rooted to the spot.
This goal is widely regarded as one of the greatest free kicks ever scored.
6. Dennis Bergkamp – World Cup 1998
In a quarterfinal match against Argentina during the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Dennis Bergkamp produced a moment of magic.
Controlling a long pass with exquisite precision, he flicked the ball past the defender and rifled it into the net.
This goal showcased Bergkamp’s exceptional technique and propelled the Netherlands to the semifinals.
7. Cristiano Ronaldo – Bicycle Kick vs. Juventus (2018)
In a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal match against Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo stunned the world with an acrobatic bicycle kick.
Executing a perfect overhead kick, Ronaldo found the top corner of the net, leaving everyone in awe of his athleticism and skill.
8. Pele – World Cup Final 1970
In the final of the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Pele scored an incredible goal against Italy.
After a series of quick passes, Pele chested the ball down and volleyed it into the net, sealing Brazil’s victory and solidifying his status as one of the greatest players in history.
9. Gareth Bale – UEFA Champions League Final 2018
In the final of the UEFA Champions League in 2018, Gareth Bale scored a stunning bicycle kick against Liverpool.
Bale’s goal showcased his athleticism and technique, helping Real Madrid secure their third consecutive Champions League title.
10. Ronaldinho – Champions League Quarterfinal 2005
During a Champions League quarterfinal match between Barcelona and Chelsea in 2005, Ronaldinho produced a moment of brilliance.
With the ball seemingly stuck under his feet, Ronaldinho skillfully chipped it over the goalkeeper, leaving everyone astonished.
11. Johan Cruyff – World Cup 1974
In a group stage match against Sweden during the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Johan Cruyff showcased his inventiveness and skill.
Cruyff received the ball, feigned to shoot, and then dragged it behind his standing leg, leaving the defender bewildered.
This goal epitomized Cruyff’s unique style and creativity.
12. Ryan Giggs – FA Cup Semi-Final Replay 1999
In an FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal in 1999, Ryan Giggs produced a moment of sheer brilliance.
Picking up the ball near the halfway line, Giggs embarked on a mazy run, evading several challenges before slotting the ball into the net.
This goal is etched in the memories of Manchester United fans as one of the greatest solo goals in football history.
This article was updated 1 month ago