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The greatest goal ever scored.

Updated on January 26, 2013

That's a good question

While I was at work this morning, a colleague asked me

" Who do think scored the greatest goal ever" so I have been thinking about it for a few hours now. I told him

"I will write a hub and you can read it" so here it is.

Now immediately I thought of Diego Maradona's second goal against England in the 1986 World Cup finals. He picked up the ball in his own half, spun and ran at the heart of England's defence, round the goalkeeper and slid the ball into the net. A fantastic goal by anybody's standards. But, there is always a but. Looking at videos of the goal now. The standard of the English defending is diabolical. He just ghosted past three players like a hot knife through butter. They might as well have not been there. Poor Peter Reid wearing the number 16 shirt, looked like he was running in treacle, and as for Terry butcher and Terry Fenwick. Well I think they would be better off at ballroom dancing. So for these reasons. I have to reject this goal.

Argentina v England 1986

More Goals

Could it be the goal that launched David Beckham's career against Wimbledon. He had the ball in his own half, looked up and saw the keeper off his line and swung that rusty right boot.

No, I don't think so. Although brilliant and opportunistic, I think the goalkeeper is at fault. What was he doing way out there on the edge of his area. It was just inviting a shot.

Beckham from the half way line

One more brilliant goal

How about this one from Lionel Messi playing for Barcelona against Getafi. I am afraid not. What lets this goal down is the way the defence just fall over themselves. He picks the ball up in his own half, rides one tackle, nutmegs another player then has an easy twenty yard run at pace before bamboozelling the last defenders and goal keeper. Brilliant balance and ball control using both feet. Superb.

But, the Gatafe defence is not well known for being a good defence. A bit like England's defence in the previous video. They were too afraid to make a tackle so I can't say it is this one.

Lionel Messi Barcelona vs Getafe

My greatest goal of all time

It has to be the goal by Ryan Giggs against Arsenal in the 1999 Fa Cup semi final. What makes this goal remarkable is the context of the game at the time he scored it.

The rivalry between these two great clubs is immense and back in the nineties with two great sets of players it was doubly so. After a boring 0-0 draw in the first match, the replay was expected to be a classic. There had to be a winner with extra time and penalty's to be played if need be. It didn't disappoint.

David Beckham scored first in the first half and Dennis Bergkamp scored an equalizer in the second half. All hell broke loose as Nicholas Anelka had a goal disallowed for off-side and then United's captain Roy Keane got sent off for a second yellow card. Down to ten men, United thought they had fought their way through to extra time when suddenly in injury time Phil Neville brought down Ray Parlour in the penalty area and a penalty was awarded. Up stepped Dennis Bergkamp but Peter Schmeichal saved it.

Into the second period of extra time when Ryan Giggs picked up the ball from his own half and went on a mazy run, beat four defenders then blasted a left footed shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle. The pace, balance and strength to shrug off Dixon's challenge and then the shot makes this goal very special.

Like I said earlier, to score a goal like that from a team with a man down for forty minutes and with the run of play against them was sensational. This was a match with real meaning and will live in the memories of all who witnessed the game for many years to come.You can see by the reactions of everybody, how important that goal was. Manchester United went on to complete the treble that season.

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    • pe555 profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Donnelly 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the comment. Everyone will have their own favourite goals and the one you are writing about sounds like a cracker. I think that it is great that we have such memorable moments to look back on.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      I didn't see that game but i've seen clips of that stunning goal. It was a cracker. The best goal i ever saw was in the early seventies. Yes it was a Wolves goal. Our fullback Derek Parkin had the ball on the half way line near the touch line. John Richards was on the edge of the box with his back to goal. Parkin just lofted the ball towards him. Fending off the centre half Richards cushioned the ball with his left knee, flicked it onto his right knee, then back onto his left knee sending the centre half that way. Then with his left knee he flicked the ball over his right shoulder. Swiveled and volleyed the ball up the top right hand corner with his left foot. The whole ground went completely silent for a few seconds. Because everyone was thinking, 'did i just witness that'. The Everton goalie Gordon West, didn't move a muscle. But he just slowly clapped his hands. They everyone went bonkers of course, well maybe not the Everton fans. The game wasn't televised, what a pity. Oh well there you go. Giggsy is still playing like a twenty year old, a testament to his professional attitude. If only George Best, (your next hub) Gazza and many other great players had done the same. Cheers


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