Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs. England and the 10 Greatest Overhead Goals of All Time
Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted one of the more memorable overhead goals in recent years in Sweden's recent 4-2 international victory over England.
The Paris St. Germain striker landed his fourth goal of the night after a goalkeeping error from Joe Hart gave him the opportunity to strike.
Ibrahimovic threw himself at the ball, launched it over his head and into the back of the net from 30 yards out—devastating England fans but leaving everyone else simply jubilant about another brilliant goal in world football.
But where does this incredible finish rate in terms of the greatest overhead goals of all time? Is it No. 1 or are there others that have been more incredible?
Read on to see the top 10 overhead goals of all time.
Kicking off our list in at No. 10 is Rivaldo's legendary bicycle kick.
The Brazilian legend's exquisite first touch sets himself up perfectly to complete his hat-trick with the most memorable of goals—right into the bottom corner of the net.
9. Wayne Rooney
Arguably the most famous goal in recent years, Wayne Rooney's goal here makes it for a couple of reasons—the least of which being that it's an excellent finish.
But when you couple it with the fact that it's done in a local derby, with 10 minutes to go and the score tied at 1-1, then the added pressure makes this goal something truly special.
First-time hit, and Joe Hart couldn't do a thing but watch the ball fly into the back of the net.
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Let's not sell this goal short—Ibrahimovic has truly delivered something special.
Joe Hart is again the goalkeeper left to pick the ball out of the back of the net after his poor clearance gave the Swedish legend a chance to capitalize and net his fourth goal of the match, but even still, he had a lot of work to do.
Long-range bicycle kicks are hard to come by these days—not that they were ever easy to come by—and whilst there were no defenders or goalkeeper to clear this off the line, it's still a fantastic finish from the Paris St. Germain striker.
Is it the best goal this year?
Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has scored some memorable goals in his time, as David Seaman can no doubt attest to, but his bicycle kick against Villareal ranks up there as one of the best ever.
Set up by a brilliant first touch off the chest, Ronaldinho wheels his body around to get on his right foot—which he was balancing on at the time—and caresses the ball into the back of the net.
Close enough to the goalkeeper to give him hope; far enough away that really, he was never going to be able to stop this one from going in.
It doesn't possess the beautiful control that others do, nor does it possess the sheer power that we'll see throughout this list, but Zuma's finish is arguably the perfect example of how to score a bicycle kick.
Bring it under control, pick your spot and use the arc of the ball to find the back of the net.
Kids, if you ever wanted a guide to how to score a bicycle kick, Zuma's goal is the one that you want to be practicing.
5. Marco Van Basten
Marco van Basten scored some phenomenal goals in his career, but his overhead goal for Ajax against FC Den Bosch would no doubt feature as one of the greatest ever.
At full stretch and full height, Van Basten wraps his foot around the ball—placing it perfectly in the top corner of the goal. Literally, top corner.
Pick that out.
4. Youri Djorkaeff
What's most incredible about this goal is the angle in which Youri Djorkaeff scores from—especially for a right-footer, who is curling the ball away from the goal with this angle.
Not that it mattered for the former French international.
He still found the back of the net.
3. Trevor Sinclair
Into the top three now, and we find one of the most underrated goals in Premier League history—Trevor Sinclair's phenomenal bicycle kick from outside the box.
First-time, Sinclair gets under the ball and lobs the goalkeeper perfectly, whose position can't really be questioned all that much either.
It's just one of those goals that you can do nothing about.
Nothing except stand in utter amazement and applaud.
2. Manuel Negrete
Manuel Negrete gives a new definition of controlling the ball when scoring over your head.
First the chest, then the foot, chip the defender, bounce off your head and slam into the back of the net—all within about three seconds of play.
But not the best ever...
1. Mauro Bressan
That honor can fall to none other than Mauro Bressan, whose memorable finish in the Champions League many years ago earns him the top spot.
From a long way out—probably around 25 yards—Bressan elevates beautifully and curls the ball incredibly over the goalkeeper and under the crossbar—into the back of the net.
What makes this simply astonishing is the fact that the goalkeeper is standing on his line, and could still do nothing about the goal. Joe Hart was 30 yards off his line, but this goalkeeper was not, and yet Bressan still managed to find a way to put it into the back of the net.
There have been some memorable overhead goals in the history of world football, but none more memorable and incredible than this.
Go on, watch it one more time for your enjoyment.
What do you think has been the greatest overhead goal of all time?
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