EPL: Is Wayne Rooney's Strike Against Man City Greatest in the Era?

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EPL: Is Wayne Rooney's Strike Against Man City Greatest in the Era?
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Wayne Rooney’s decisive overhead strike against Manchester City in the 2010-11 derby has been voted by fans as the greatest goal in the history of the Premier League.

The acrobatic effort received 26 percent of the total vote, a figure that trumped the 19 percent share Denis Bergkamp’s strike against Newcastle in 2002 received. Thierry Henry’s flick and volley against Manchester United in 2000 ran home third with 15 percent of the overall vote.  

But is Wayne Rooney’s strike the greatest goal in Premier League history?

Given the timing, location and significance of the goal it is legitimately remembered as an all-time great effort but, in my humble opinion, it is not the greatest of all time.

Perhaps my love for Manchester City has swayed my judgment, but before my love for Manchester City comes my love for football. It would be a lie if I said I can remember the formation of the Premier League, I was two at the time, but I can safely say I have followed for as long as I can remember.

The beauty of football is that every now and then, someone does something that makes you jump up and down in excitement, almost as if you have scored the goal yourself, before thinking “how did he do that?” when the ball is placed on the centre circle for kick off.

This is a compilation of what I believe are the 10 greatest goals in Premier League history, in order. Not all of the goals were on the list published by the FA.

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