Another Premier League season has ended, and it was a pretty darn eventful one. In all, 1,068 goals were scored, and spectacular doesn't even begin to cover some of them.
So here's a list of the top 20 Premier League goals of the 2010-2011 season, with video. As always, if I've left your favorite goal out or put it in the wrong spot, let me know. And if you know of better video than what I've provided, please put it in the comment section!
Maxi Rodriguez's third goal (2:05) against Fulham and Steve Sidwell's strike (3:00) in the same game. Andy Carroll's long-range effort against Liverpool. Nedum Onuoha dodging defenders to score the first goal for an away side at Stamford Bridge. The great bit of passing from Bolton that led to this Stuart Holden goal against Wolves.
Aaron Ramsey prolonged the title race for a week with this shot against Manchester United, but Javier Hernandez finished it, while showing great awareness and composure, 30 seconds into the next weekend's game.
Now onto the real list!
Back in October, Chelsea looked like they were going to run away with the title once again, and Alex's stunning free kick against Arsenal only enhanced that claim. Then he went down to injury, and Chelsea's season went with him.
This is a fabulous curled shot from Fernando Torres against his future club Chelsea, but the reason I put it at No. 19 on the list is he did the same thing against Sunderland last season. That in some ways makes it even better, but it's also not unexpected for Torres to take a shot when he gets in that area.
David Luiz scored his first Chelsea goal, before Fernando Torres no less, with a great volley to knot the scores with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea went on to win the game and get back into the title mix.
Fast forward to 1:00 to see Luiz's goal.
At first, it looks like David Silva is going to try to curl it into the net from the edge of the box ala Torres vs. Chelsea, but then he moves past three Blackpool defenders almost effortlessly and curls it from just outside the six-yard box.
Dirk Kuyt had the easiest of tap-ins for his first goal against Manchester United in March, but it was set up by an incredible run past three defenders and Edwin van der Sar by Luis Suarez. Hands down, Kuyt bagged the easiest hat trick of the season in this game.
Samir Nasri made the Fulham defense look downright foolish in this match last December, but to be fair, sometimes that isn't incredibly difficult. Take you pick which of these goals displays better footwork from the Frenchman. I'd go with the second.
This wasn't a particularly spectacular goal, but the passes leading up to it certainly were. Especially Johan Elmander's back-heel in the area to set up Mark Davies for the goal.
At the end of the season, it was Wolves who stayed up and Blackpool who went down, but Luke Varney's goal three minutes into the match at Bloomfield road in November was really spectacular. He chested it perfectly, it bounced perfectly for him and he struck it perfectly into the top corner.
Probably the best free kick of the season. The ball was right outside area for David Jones, which is a hard spot to score from, but he volleyed the ball himself and just simply chipped it right over the wall. Honorable mention goes to Chris Brunt for this screamer against Everton.
If Charlie Adam can score directly from the corner flag, does he even need teammates? Of course he does (Premier League ones at that), but that £10 million tag is starting to look pretty good.
Scott Parker scored a great goal to give the Hammers the lead and eventual win over Liverpool in February with some great running off the ball and then a sublime shot into the far bottom corner. Alas, all his efforts were for not.
In the biggest comeback/collpase in Premier League history, Cheik Tiote capped off Newcastle's four-goal comeback against Arsenal in February with a sublime volley after Arsenal failed to properly clear a free kick. In the dying moments of the game, Newcastle could've have even felt just a tad unlucky not to win it.
Chicharito had his back to goal and was moving away, but seeing as he back-headed the ball into the back of the net, maybe that's what he was going for.
Luis Suarez was at such an impossible angle for this shot that there actually was no angle. He was practically level with goal line, but he still managed to get the ball into the opposite corner of the net.
Gareth Bale lit up England and Italy this season, but this goal against Stoke got it all started. He's leaning away from goal, the ball is level with his head, he hits it on the volley and curls it into the opposite corner. After that, teams learned to not leave Bale all alone in the penalty box. Go to 2:37 in the video to see Bale.
OK, so maybe this was the best free kick of the season, and again it came against Stoke. Carlos Tevez curled the ball over and around the wall and into the top right corner from about 40 yards out.
Harry Redknapp told Sandro not to shirk his defensive duties at Stamford Bridge, but the Brazilian took it a step further. He showed some great movement off the ball to ensure he'd have plenty of space for the shot and rifled it from 25 yards out past Petr Cech and into the to corner.
Raul Meireles was in the middle of his scoring form when he scored this goal against Wolverhampton. From 25 yards out, he hit this on the volley, and with it's curve and power, poor Wayne Hennessey had no chance.
If you're gonna score a winner, do it like this. Even in a bad year, Wayne Rooney can still score a goal as acrobatic and stylish as this overhead, bicycle kick against Manchester City. The striker called it his best goal, but I don't think it was as good as...
Dimitar Berbatov''s overhead goal, his second (1:00) of three goals against Liverpool, was better than his teammate's for a several reasons.
First, it came in a bigger game. Liverpool vs. United didn't have any title implications in September, but it is still always bigger than City vs. United.
Second. He assisted himself. Nani put the ball in the box, as he did for Rooney, but Berbatov, with his back to goal and standing still, controlled it perfectly and rifled it into the back of the net, leaving Pepe Reina motionless. Standing still, he created that much power.
Lastly, his celebration was was much more celebratory, unlike Rooney's, "I am a god,. Praise me" pose.