I was channel surfing yesterday when i chanced upon a montage of Maradona’s famous goal at WC 86. IMO it was the best goal of all time and was the highlight of Argentine football. After that I wanted to compile a list of the top 5 goals of the last 10 years. Its a subjective list and I obviously didnt use any scientific method to arrive at it. I judged them merely on two factors- viewing pleasure and importance. I’ve decided to forego World Cup/European Championship Goals because they are far too well known. So for the sake of not being too repetitive only Club goals are featured in this list.
V’s Top 5 goals I’ve seen in the last 10 years
(Click on the names to see the goals)
5) Fernando Redondo– Real Madrid vs Manutd – Q/F (CL)
‘ He had a magnet in his boots’ is what ferguson remarked when asked to assess Redondo’s performance in this Quarter Final Clash at Old Trafford. It was scintillating and was capped off with a move which drew applause from rival fans as well. Unfortunately, Redondo was consistently plagued by injuries and also tiffs with various Argentinian coaches cut short his international career.
Trivia: When Redondo was sold to AC Milan, there were riots in Madrid!
4) Rivaldo – Barcelona vs Valencia – Primera Liga
Barcelona needed to beat Valencia at the Nou Camp to pip them for the final Champions League spot. All hope seemed to have been lost once Ruben Baraja levelled the scores at 2-2.
Then Rivaldo came up with this in the 90th minute of the game. Spectacular is the word.
3) Ryan Giggs– Manchester United vs Arsenal- FA Cup Semis.
This goal after a mazy run against the famed Arsenal back four was in Extra Time against MU’s arch rivals. The move would have done Diego proud. United fans have made sure that Patrick Vieira never got to forget the fact that he was the one who gave the ball away. Of c ourse, nobody really wanted to see Giggs without his shirt on.
2) Steven Gerrard – Liverpool vs Olympiakos at Anfield
This goal was decisive and was scored during Liverpools successful Champions League campaign. Liverpool were heading out of the tournament. Gerrard scored, Liverpool went through and the rest is history! They defeated AC Milan in the final after making one of the most stunning comebacks in football history.
It was a screamer from 25 yards and in the words of Andy Gray, It was a beauty. The commentary is particularly hair raising. This goal had to pip Gerrard’s effort against West Ham United in the 2005 FA Cup Final.
1) Zidane– Real Madrid Vs Bayer Leverkusen at Glasgow
What can i say? The magician from Marseille did this in The Champions League Final. Talk about being a clutch performer. Brilliant! This the sort of stuff that Zidane will always be remembered for.
Do you agree? Have I missed any that you think deserves to be on the list?