What makes a great FIFA World Cup goal?
Aside from outrageous finishes and moves featuring brilliant pieces of individual or collective skill, when ranking the greatest goals we must also take into account the context and importance of the strike in question.
Often, the goals ranking highest in a nation’s collective memory are not necessarily wonder goals but moments that have a greater overall meaning—be it for the team or regarding the individual who scored it.
The French national team has been blessed with plenty of these memorable moments over the years, and les Bleus will hope to add to them in Brazil this summer. With the 2016 UEFA European Championship on home soil approaching, Didier Deschamps’ men will be hoping for a fruitful campaign in South America.
In order to do so, they will look to draw inspiration from the exploits of past generations of French talent to go as far as possible.
Here are 20 of France’s greatest World Cup goals to help them and for you to enjoy.