This article explores the 20 greatest World Cup goals in history. There are many pieces out there that present the most wondrous goals on a purely aesthetic basis, based on technique, finesse, power or unpredictability.
This editorial doesn’t ignore the beauty of a moment or the sheer delight of a stunning finish. However I have interpreted "Greatest" as most impactful, most important and most consequential as well as considering the overall spectacle of the contest and the way the goal alters the complexion of a tie, a tournament or even a strain of history.
For each slide and each goal, I present the Context, i.e. the setting, the build-up to the goal; the Moment, i.e. the physical goal itself; and the Consequences, i.e. the impact the goal had, both short-term and long-term.
I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane, and please do let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.