Cristiano Ronaldo and the 10 Best Backheel Goals

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo and the 10 Best Backheel Goals

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    Real Madrid were in grave danger of losing pace in the La Liga title race on Sunday evening when they were losing 2-1 at home to Valencia at the end of normal time.

    However, in the 93rd minute Cristiano Ronaldo reiterated his status as the world's greatest player by stepping up to produce an incredible backheel "donkey kick" equaliser.

    C-Ron's 31st league goal of the season kicks off our list of brilliant backheel goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    On Sunday evening, Ronaldo stepped into Zlatan territory with an acrobatic backheel equaliser against Valencia. 

    The folks at AS note that this is by no means the Portuguese superstar's first backheel goal in a Real Madrid shirt, as they have compiled some of his best efforts in one video. 

Francesco Totti

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    This goal may have occurred during a Roma training session, but it deserves a mention for its sheer audacity. 

    Francesco Totti may have a thunderbolt of a left foot, but he chose to take this cheeky penalty with his right heel, completely disorientating the goalkeeper. 

Denis Law

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    Denis Law will always be a Manchester United legend, but on the last day of the 1973-74 season, he scored an 81st-minute goal for Manchester City that he believed had relegated his former side.

    Law was not too happy about the situation—and was immediately substituted—but it turns out that the Red Devils would have been relegated regardless of his effort. 


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    Mancini—the Brazilian one, not the Italian one—scored an incredible backheel volley from a free kick in the 2003 Derby della Capitale between Roma and Lazio. 

Roberto Mancini

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    Roberto Mancini—the Italian one this time—was capable of some impressive flair during his playing days. Here he is flicking home a delightful backheel against Parma while playing at Lazio. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    The Mighty Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored plenty of fantastic backheels throughout his career, but this 2008 effort he scored for Internazionale against Bologna might be the most impressive.

    His beauty for Paris Saint-Germain against Bastia earlier this season also deserves an honourable mention. 

Alessandro Del Piero

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    Alessandro Del Piero scored 289 goals across 19 seasons for Juventus, one of which was this delectable backheel in the 1997 Champions League final. 

    Despite its beauty, the Italian's goal was unable to prevent The Old Lady from suffering a surprise 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. 

Rafael Van Der Vaart

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    While at Ajax in 2003, Rafael van der Vaart pulled off an outrageous flying backheel against Feyenoord. That season, RVDV's side won the Eredivisie in dominant fashion. 

Matty Burrows

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    You may not have heard of Northern Irish striker Matty Burrows, but he is responsible for one of the most impressive backheels of all time.  

    This long-distance acrobatic strike came in injury time of Glentoran's 1-0 win over Portadown in October 2010. 

Motaz Salhani

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    When Al Wahdat visited Al Ramtha in the Jordanian Pro League last month, fans witnessed a spectacular goal in the 52nd minute.

    Al Wahdat's Syrian striker Motaz Salhani bagged the only goal of the game by backheeling an exquisite volley from about 35 yards, all while running at full pelt and barely breaking his stride. Incredible stuff.


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