12 Best La Liga Goals of 2012

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2012

12 Best La Liga Goals of 2012

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    There have been a lot of goals in La Liga during 2012—some wonderful, some scrappy and some comical.

    The following slides aim to showcase some of the wonderful ones—twelve of them to be precise.

    Feel free to comment on what your top three would be and what goals you think are missing.

    Most importantly though, enjoy them...

Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Rayo Vallecano

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    Running in order with the calendar year, this Cristiano Ronaldo goal came in February.

    With his back to the goal, nothing seemed on, but Ronaldo, being Ronaldo, improvised.

    This back-heel was the only goal of a tight game during Real Madrid's run for the title last season.

Lionel Messi vs. Atletico Madrid

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    This dates back to February too, from the very same weekend as the previous Ronaldo goal, in fact.

    Atleti and Barca were level at 1-1 when, with 10 minutes remaining, Messi produced this match-winning free kick.

    The speed of thought draws parallels with a Thierry Henry goal from 2004.

Radamel Falcao vs. Mallorca

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    To complete the Ronaldo, Messi, Falcao hat-trick early on, check out El Tigre's golazo from back in March.

    Maneuvering past two players outside the box, he then beautifully chips the stranded Mallorca 'keeper.

    Away from La Liga, his Europa League efforts against Valencia (semi-final) and then Athletic Bilbao (final) were pretty special.  

Santi Cazorla vs. Real Madrid

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    You're heading into stoppage time at the Santiago Bernabeu 1-0 down; you win a free-kick.

    Who's the man for the job?

    Santi Cazorla.

    Or so this fantastically executed set piece from March would suggest. 

Lionel Messi vs. Sevilla

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    Would this list be complete without a chip from Messi? And a nutmeg here to boot.

    This goal, his second and last on this list, dates back to March and a match against Sevilla.

    If you've got the time, why not check out all of the Argentinian's 91 goals from 2012? 

Karim Benzema vs. Osasuna

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    Remember that volley by Marco van Basten? 

    Well, this was Karim Benzema's attempt at mimicking it.

    Real Madrid's trip to Osasuna had been billed as a tricky one—this Benzema goal settled any early nerves.

Alvaro Negredo vs. Getafe

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    It is an unwritten rule that every list of "Top Goals" has to have a bicycle kick.

    Ensuring that rule is complied with is Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo.

    This goal, from April, came as Sevilla produced some encouraging results under the newly appointed Michel.

Eliseu vs. Atletico Madrid

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    Truth be told, this isn't even Eliseu's best goal of 2012.

    His two against Anderlecht were better, particularly the first one, but, unfortunately, came in the Champions League.

    This goal against Atleti wasn't bad, though. He hit it hard, and it was vital in Malaga's pursuit of the top four.

Roberto Soldado vs. Atletico Madrid

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    This Roberto Soldado volley drew parallels with David Platt's fine goal from the 1990 World Cup.

    It also helped Valencia end Atletico Madrid's unbeaten start to the 2012/13 season.

    Other notable Valencia goals include Adil Rami's strike from his own half—unfortunately it wasn't in the league. Worth a look still, hey?

Benat Etxebarria vs. Getafe

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    Be it scoring free kicks or creating them, Benat has been one of the key men at Real Betis for a while now.

    At the beginning of November, he scored this free kick from an angle which would have seen most players cross.

    Perhaps you'd like to watch some more of the Basque magician? It comes recommended. 

Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Atletico Madrid

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    Like his nemesis Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo could probably fill a list of twelve by himself.

    As it stands, he has two in here. This is the second, and comes from this month's derby against Atletico.

    The game was struggling to get going when the Portuguese produced this stunning free kick.

Adriano vs. Atletico

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    Could this be a case of saving the best until last?

    Adriano has really come to fruition for Barcelona this season—this goal brought them level against Barcelona earlier this month.

    It forced out his match-winning strike—which was very similar—against Valencia from September.