World Football: The Only Goal You Need to See This Weekend (Video)

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 16, 2012

Lionel Messi and Radamel Falcao both scored in this match, but both Lionel Messi and Radamel Falcao wish they had scored this goal.

Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 on Sunday in La Liga, and despite the fact that both of the match's superstar strikers found the back of the net, neither could claim the game's best strike. That honor belonged to Adriano, Barcelona's Brazilian right-back.

The goal came in the 36th minute. It canceled out Falcao's opener—which, by the way, was quite brilliant itself—and swung the match suddenly in Barca's favor. Sergio Busquets pounded home the winner shortly before halftime, and Messi added two more in the second half (the first of which wasn't too shabby either).

Video of Adriano's goal appears above. The curled wonder strike serves as our Set Piece Goal of the Weekend. Enjoy.

For another view of the goal (including a behind-the-goal angle), click here.

For more on the match, click here.

Adriano's strike beat out stiff competition from around the world to be our goal of the weekend.

In Italy, the ageless Andrea Pirlo curled home a brilliant free kick. In England, Adel Taarabt impressed with a mesmerizing solo run and outside-of-the-boot finish. And in France, Andre Pierre Gignac bent home a right-footed bomb from the edge of the box.

But for the combination of skill, beauty, importance and big stage, we think Adriano's goal was an easy choice this week.

What do you think? Have another goal? Let us know in the comments below.