Real Madrid's 10 Best Goals of the 2013/14 Season

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2014

Real Madrid's 10 Best Goals of the 2013/14 Season

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    Real Madrid have already won the Copa del Rey, and on top of that, they may yet find time to seal the Decima they’ve waited so long for—a win against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, in their first Champions League final since 2002, would do just that.

    Unfortunately they couldn’t quite get over the line in La Liga though, eventually finishing third behind Atletico and Barcelona.

    Fortunately they have scored some sensational goals throughout the season, so many, in fact, that is it almost impossible to compress them into a list of just 10.

    The following slides attempt to do that though, so click through and enjoy the finest goals of Madrid’s 2013/14 campaign.

Honourable Mentions

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    Gareth Bale

    Free-kick vs. Real Betis (Jan. 18, 2014)

    Solo run vs. Rayo Vallecano (March 29, 2014)

    Free-kick vs. Galatasaray (Nov. 27, 2013)

    Dribble vs. Schalke (Feb. 26, 2014)

     

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Free-kick vs. Bayern Munich (April 29, 2014)

    Free-kick vs. Real Sociedad (Nov. 09, 2013)

    Step-over vs. Schalke (Feb. 26, 2014)

     

    Karim Benzema vs. Bayern Munich (April 23, 2014)

    Angel Di Maria vs. Real Betis (Jan. 18, 2014)

    Alvaro Morata vs. Rayo Vallecano (March 29, 2014)

10. Ronaldo Header, Di Maria Rabona vs. Copenhagen

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    For once, a goal that is scored by Cristiano Ronaldo but is not necessarily about him.

    The Portuguese forward applied the finishing touch, heading into the Copenhagen net in this season’s Champions League, but the goal is all about the rabona assist from Angel di Maria.

    It’s a trick the Argentine regularly attempts, and on this occasion it produced the desired result.

9. Jese Rodriguez vs. Atletico Madrid

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    Jese Rodriguez’s season was cruelly ended by injury just as he was beginning to make his mark in the first team.

    That mark included this wonderfully crafted goal against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinal.

    Angel di Maria has the vision to pick out the young forward’s run, but the deft finish from Jese is the reason so many Madrid fans are excited about what the future will hold for the Spanish U21 international.

8. Angel di Maria vs. Barcelona

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    This goal perhaps signifies Real Madrid when they’re at their free-flowing best.

    Winning the ball off Barcelona in their own half in April’s Clasico Copa del Rey final, which they eventually won 2-1, they sweep forward in a matter of seconds to take a first-half lead against their Catalan rivals.

    Angel di Maria happens to be the player racing through the middle who applies the finish, but the goal is all about the frightening pace with which Madrid transform into.

7. Gareth Bale vs. Real Sociedad

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    Going to Real Sociedad without Cristiano Ronaldo was going to be a big test for Real Madrid, or so the narrative ran in the build-up to Los Blancos’ visit to Anoeta at the beginning of April.

    It wasn’t completely inaccurate as, despite Asier Illarramendi’s first-half goal, the San Sebastian side began to probe in the second half in search of an equaliser.

    However, a poor clearance from Sociedad goalkeeper Claudio Bravo sent the ball Gareth Bale’s way and the former Tottenham forward showed marvelous technique to smash the ball back towards the goal and ease any nerves Madrid may have had.

6. Luka Modric vs. Copenhagen

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    There’s an expression in football for players like Luka Modric: He’s not a great goal scorer, but he is a scorer of great goals.

    Basically the Croatian’s name doesn’t regularly adorn score sheets, but when it does, you can normally expect it to be quite a good goal.

    His best effort this season came against Copenhagen when he checked back on the edge of the box and curled the ball into the top corner.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Real Betis

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    In a game which saw Real Madrid hammer Real Betis 5-0 and score a string of high-quality goals, it had to be Ronaldo who smashed in the best one.

    Gareth Bale’s was good, Angel di Maria’s was tasty but this Cristiano effort topped the lot.

    Look how straight and true the ball is as it flies beyond the helpless Stephan Andersen—two goalkeepers probably wouldn’t have been able to stop it.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Osasuna (two)

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    Is it cheating to include two goals in one slide?

    Against Osasuna in April, Cristiano Ronaldo scored two fantastic long-range strikes, so it’s only fair that they’re included together.

    Most players wait years to score a goal as good as either of these, whereas Ronaldo nonchalantly wacked two in from distance in the same game before being substituted on the hour.

3. Gareth Bale vs. Elche

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    Everyone knows Gareth Bale can strike a ball, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less spectacular when he does it in such an outrageous fashion.

    Like the one above against Elche back in February for example

    Madrid were up 1-0 at the time and the 24-year-old killed the game off with this firecracker with 20 minutes remaining.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Valencia

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    It looked like this goal would pave the way for Real Madrid to kick on towards the title with three games to play. However, that didn’t prove to be the case.

    At the time, Real Madrid were 2-1 down at the Bernabeu, and having seen Barcelona and Atletico Madrid fail to win that same weekend, it was vital that they at least drew to keep themselves in with a chance of top spot.

    And when Cristiano Ronaldo scored this sumptuous back-heel in stoppage time the dream was kept alive.

1. Gareth Bale vs. Barcelona

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    The goal that won the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid this season.

    Gareth Bale picked the ball up in his own half with the score level and extra time on the horizon—what happened next was the highlight, so far, of the Welshman’s first season in Spain.

    He accelerated down the right touchline, at one point being forced off the pitch, before motoring around Barcelona defender Marc Bartra in the outside lane to close down on Jose Pinto in the Catalan’s goal and slot the ball home.