Is there a better sight in the game than seeing a sweetly struck shot sailing into a top corner from 30 yards out? The goalkeeper grasping at thin air as the ball whistles past him? Maybe even an added crash off the post or the crossbar for dramatic effect?
Players who can belt the ball from distance are brilliant.
The English Premier League has seen its fare share of players who can bludgeon it from long range. Whether they come in the form of free-kicks, volleys or simply putting through of lay off, we’ve seen a lot of capable players down the years.
With this in mind, I have trawled through some archives (a thoroughly enjoyable task in the case of this article) and settled on my top 10 long-range shooters from the Premier League era.
Agree? Probably not. It would be great to hear your thoughts in the comments section. But stick with me for the next 10 slides, and I can guarantee you’re going to see some absolutely wonderful strikes.
First, some honourable mentions on players who just missed out:
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Matt Le Tissier
With some pretty impressive names missing the cut, let’s check out the top 10.