Top 10 Overhead Kick Goals of All Time

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistAugust 15, 2012

Top 10 Overhead Kick Goals of All Time

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    Overhead kick goals are one of the most spectacular things to watch not just in soccer, but in all of sports.

    Many players try to attempt the grueling overhead kick but only few succeed at making a goal brilliant and having it live on forever.

    Some of these 10 goals came in regular league games and some had major importance in a club's season.

    Whether or not the goal meant something in the player's season is irrelevant after you see each goal and they leave you in awe.

Marco Fabian

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    The list starts with one of the stars of the 2012 OIympics for Mexico, Marco Fabian.

    In this 2011 game against Barcelona in the World Football Challenge in Miami, Fabian drills his overhead kick into the back of the net after a long pass from one of his teammates.

    World football fans will be seeing much more from the 23-year-old in years to come as he proved at the Olympics that he is a world-class player that will play a huge part in Mexico's lineup for the foreseeable future.

Trevor Sinclair

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    Trevor Sinclair played for 19 years in England and one of his most memorable moments came early in his career in 1997.

    In an FA Cup match against Barnsley, the then QPR player scored his overhead kick goal from just outside the penalty area.

    His goal for QPR won him the Goal of the Season from BBC's Match of the Day in 1997.

    But Sinclair is not just remembered for that miraculous goal, he is also remembered for his performance in the 2002 World Cup for England.

Eidur Gudjohnsen

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    Before there Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson took the Premier League by storm last season, his fellow countryman Eidur Gudjohnsen had already made his mark on the league.

    Gudjohnsen spent six years at Chelsea and left his mark on the club with this 2003 overhead kick goal against Leeds United.

    Gudjohnsen was assisted on the play by Frank Lampard, whose pass set the Iceland international up perfectly.

    After his days at Stamford Bridge were over, Gudjohnsen bounced around at different clubs, most recently, he was released by Greek side AEK Athens.

Leandro Damiao

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    Another rising star of world football is Leandro Damiao.

    Damiao is one of the players who is considered to be part of the next generation of Brazilian football.

    He is also one of the few young, great Brazilian talents still playing domestically.

    This goal for Internacional came against Flamengo last season in league play.

Marcelo Balboa

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    Marcelo Balboa was one of the top American players for over a decade and he cemented his place in MLS history with this overhead kick goal.

    While playing for the Colorado Rapids, Balboa unleashed this goal six years after his near miss on an overhead kick in a World Cup match against Colombia.

    Now 45, Balboa tried out announcing but is now a youth coach in Colorado.


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    On the last day of the 2000-01 season, Rivaldo scored a hat trick against Valencia and his third goal went down in history as one of the best overhead kick goals ever.

    The Brazilian legend controlled the ball beautifully from his chest and then turned it into an amazing goal.

    A year later, Rivaldo left the Catalan club for AC Milan and from there began his tour of the world, literally.

    Greece, Uzbekistan and now Angola are a few of the stops that the 40-year-old has made throughout his career.

Wayne Rooney

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    Every Manchester United fan remembers this goal vividly.

    In the Manchester derby in April 2011, Rooney delivered this goal off of a cross from Nani.

    The win over Manchester City that day was a deciding moment in the title race of the 2010-11 Premier League season, which was eventually won by United.

Marco Van Basten

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    Marco van Basten was one of the best ever, so how could he not feature on this list of best overhead kick goals.

    This piece of genius from van Basten came in a 1986 league game against FC Den Bosch.

    This goal is just one of the many goals that belong on the van Basten highlight reel from his career.

Mauro Bressan

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    Mauro Bressan was what you call a journeyman footballer for most of his career.

    While playing for Fiorentina in Serie A, he entered the Champions League group match with Barcelona just looking to earn a point against the Catalan giants.

    Much more than a point came out of a 3-3 draw when Bressan entered football history forever with this amazing overhead kick goal.

    What makes this goal more impressive is how far away from net Bressan was when he scored.


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    Adding to the copious amount of Brazilian flair on this list is Ronaldinho.

    Unlike any of the overhead kick goals in this list, Ronaldinho twists to his other side to score this goal after bringing the ball down on his chest.

    This strike of pure brilliance came against Villarreal in November of 2006.

    Nowadays, Ronaldinho is back in Brazil with Atletico Miniero after leaving the European scene in 2010.