Who doesn’t love a great goal?
Millions of us flock to the internet on a daily basis to seek footage of Barcelona’s latest 30-pass build-up goal or that must-see Serie A screamer. Fans, journalists and pundits love to pick tactics apart and debate footballing philosophies, but nothing quite matches the adrenaline rush of a 25-yard rocket swerving into the top corner.
Diego Maradona vs. England at the 1986 World Cup, Zinedine Zidane vs. Bayer Leverkuson in the 2002 Champion’s League final, Archie Gemmill vs. the Netherlands in 1978: football’s past is littered with such moments of brilliance and this will continue for as long as the sport is played. Tactical trends will come and go, clubs’ fortunes will fluctuate and new rules and regulations will change the face of the game, but football history will always have a place for outstanding goals.
2011 may only be four-and-a-half months old but this year has already brought us countless wonder-strikes. This list is a tribute: a salute to those great moments that fill us with awe and stay etched in our memories for years to come. Here, from across the globe, are 10 of 2011’s most outrageous goals thus far.