World Football: Ranking the Top 20 Goals of the 2010-2011 Premier League Season
With the Premier League season concluded nearly three weeks ago, there have been a flurry of incredible goals throughout the campaign.
Some more spectacular than the rest, while others more team-influenced, shall we say.
From Nedum Onuoha's weaving, individual effort through a series of Chelsea defenders to Gareth Bale's acrobatic volley to Wayne Rooney's Manchester Derby-clinching bicycle kick, here are the top 20 goals from the 2010-2011 English Premier League.
Honorable Mention: Scott Parker vs. Liverpool
It isn't easy to see from this camera angle, but Scott Parker beautifully curls the ball around Pepe Reina with the outside of his right foot for a clean goal into the side netting. One of the few highlights from West Ham's relegation season.
Honroable Mention: Luke Varney vs. Wolves
Like the announcer says, Luke Varney's clever long-range attempt came from a harmless-looking ball up the field. But with a superbly controlled lob, Varney beats the keeper.
Simon Cox vs. Spurs
For his first Premier League goal, West Brom's Simon Cox curls his shot into the top corner against Spurs.
And what better timing. Down 2-1 with less than 10 minutes remaining, Cox brings the Baggies even.
David Silva vs. Blackpool
Although the game was virtually put away for Manchester City, David Silva eliminates all doubt during extra time with a fabulous display of dribbling skill before a superb finish.
The first-year City player left quite an impression on the club, arguably serving as the team's facilitator from all areas of the pitch.
Note: The video is mirrored, so what appears to be a right-footed goal indeed is with his left foot.
Mark Davies vs. Blackpool
Leave it to Blackpool for spotty defending, but a fabulous display of passing and chemistry between the Bolton attack leaves Mark Davies with an open look at the goal as he simply passes it into the net.
Carlos Vela vs. Bolton
Count the 24 passes before Carlos Vela places his shot into the side netting for a classic Arsenal goal. It is not so much Vela's goal as much as it is a direct result of the Gunners' compelling controlling technique.
Javier Hernandez vs. Stoke City
In what was Chicharito's first season at Old Trafford, the young Mexican didn't disappoint.
He scored 13 times in 27 appearances for Manchester United, including a clever flick-on right past the post for a cunning goal against Stoke City.
Johan Elmander vs. Wolves
Bolton's intimidating striker wiggles and maneuvers his way through three Wolves defenders before clinically putting the ball into the net at the far post.
Though Wolves' defensive presence demands little praise, credit to the Swede for his awareness and skillful footwork.
Charlie Adam vs. Blackburn
The Blackpool captain has been adamant about his desire to remain in the Premier League despite his club being relegated.
A club wishing to acquire his services wouldn't surprise, as his skills include a fantastic left foot, displayed by this unstoppable free kick into the side netting against Blackburn.
David Jones vs. Stoke City
Perhaps one of the more ingenious free kicks is David Jones attempt from just outside the box. The Wolves midfielder lifts the ball just a touch before unloading a shot destined for the bottom of the crossbar.
Sandro vs. Chelsea
Despite Harry Redknapp's plea for Sandro to remain more defensive, the Brazilian unleashed a powerful half-volley that eventually beats Petr Cech in the top corner.
Raul Meireles vs. Wolves
Liverpool's summer-signing Raul Meireles connects beautifully on this volley from over 25 yards out. The Portugal international really filled into a solid role player for the Reds.
Roman Pavlyuchenko vs. Bolton
Roman Pavlyuchenko demonstrates his quality as a striker. From a Gareth Bale free kick, the Russian unleashes a stunning volley destined for the back of the net.
Nedum Onuoha vs. Chelsea
The on-loan defender from Manchester City shows his aptitude with the ball at his feet, making a weaving run through Chelsea defenders before a cool finish to beat Petr Cech for a stunning individual effort.
Jermaine Beckford vs. Chelsea
An incredible end-to-end goal, Jermaine Beckford outruns every Chelsea player on the pitch before cleverly scooping a shot over Petr Cech.
He may have gotten a little help from a deflection that allowed him to race free, but it was a magnificent run nonetheless.
Alex vs. Arsenal
Incredible power, amazing precision and even better execution describe Alex's menacing free kick from distance against Arsenal. What a beautiful strike.
Cheik Tiote vs. Arsenal
Cheik Tiote's volley from about 25 yards out capped a historic comeback for the Magpies. After trailing 4-0, Tiote's attempt pulled them level with the Gunners.
Dimitar Berbatov vs. Liverpool
Dimitar Berbatov scored in bunches this season, many in clinical and spectacular fashion.
His overhead kick for a goal against Liverpool was so sublime, he hadn't even known it had gone in.
Samir Nasri vs. Fulham
In a two-goal effort against Fulham, Arsenal's Samir Nasri showed his incredibly quality. Though his first is a fantastic display of patience, vision and control, his second score is truly among the best in the Premier League this season.
Carlos Tevez vs. Stoke City
Despite the future of Carlos Tevez with Manchester City, his skill set is one of the best in the world.
The Argentine puts his talent on display with an incredible free-kick goal against Stoke City. His ability to bend his shot back into the frame of the goal lends to the skills of Roberto Carlos.
Gareth Bale vs. Stoke City
Gareth Bale absolutely stole the show in England and Europe early on. His form in the Premier League and the Champions League shined brilliantly against top competition.
Perhaps one of the most acrobatic goals ever scored was Bale's against Stoke City. Superb balance, power and precision all describe the Welshman's strike (pardon the advertisement).
Wayne Rooney vs. Man City
Surely, the entire football world has seen Wayne Rooney's masterful display of skill, finesse and athleticism when his bicycle kick clinched the Manchester derby.
His strike easily stands alone as the top goal in the Premier League this season.