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The Top ten funniest football misses of all time (includes youtube videos)

Updated on November 3, 2010

There has been plenty of memorable goals over the years. Maradona's great solo effort against England 1986 was sheer brilliance as was George Weah's effort for AC Milan against Verona in the 90s where he ran the full length of the pitch before slotting home. However amongst the great goals and fantastic moments of skill there are the moments when players just wish the ground would swallow them up, moments when they defy logic, and when we the supporters wonder just what the hell were they doing. Through the beauty of Youtube i have selected my top 10 misses ever. So take a look at these real horror clips which range from one of the world's finest players Cristiano Ronaldo to Non league striker Rocky Baptiste. This is when football goes hilariously wrong.


10) Rui Miguel (CSKA Sofia vs Cliftonville - 2010)

Now, i've cut Rui Miguel a little slack here by putting him at only number 10. The ball comes to him quite quickly so he doesn't have a lot of time to adjust his body. Despite this it was still a terrible miss for a footballer of any level so he makes the list for this fantastic miss. Well done Mr Miguel.

9) Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd vs Sheffield United - 2006)

No, you haven't read it wrong i really do mean Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest players in the world and also the most expensive at a staggering £80m. In this instance though he looks worth no more than a fun size mars bar and a packet of monster munch. Well done Cristiano, great miss.

8) Yakubu (Nigeria vs South Korea - 2010)

Yakubu is one of the deadliest strikers in English football. His goals to games ratio is fantastic and is widely regarded as a great finisher. You wouldn't think so from this clip from this years World Cup though where he makes himself look like a right donut.

7) Chris Iwelumo (Scotland vs Norway - 2008)

Very similar to Yakubu's miss is Chris Iwelumo's "effort" against Norway. It seemed harder to miss than actually score but nevertheless Chris shows us how it's done with sublime precision. As sky commentator and ex footballer Andy Gray would say, tek a boo son!!

6) Kostas Mantzios (Panathinaikos vs Larissa - 2007)

Now let me set the scene. It's Cup Final day, your team is trailing by 2 goals to 1 when in the dying seconds of the game (94th minute to be precise) a simple 5 yard tap in falls to your star striker with the keeper otherwise occupied. He won't miss surely......... will he?

5) Ronny Rosenthal (Liverpool vs Aston Villa 1992)

When Rosenthal went round the Aston Villa goalkeeper in this next clip any other outcome but a goal just seemed ludicrous, so in fantastic style he decided to hit the crossbar. I personally think he knew i was going to write this hub 18 years later and wanted a piece of the action. There's no other explanation.

4) Diego Forlan (Man Utd vs Juventus 2003)

Given his excellent form in the World Cup and Spanish football for the past few years you wonder just why on earth did Manchester United think Forlan was so bad that they got rid after just two years at the club. Well the answer is when he was at United, he did things like this.....

3) Ilija Sivonjic (Dinamo Zagreb vs Cibalia Vinkovci - 2009)

Now the top 3 misses were extremely difficult to separate and i still aren't sure i've picked the right order but here's no 3 anyway. From last year here's Sivonjic with a goal line (yes i said goal line) miss, What a turnip!!

2) Kei Kamara (Kansas City Wizards vs La Galaxy - 2010)

Now this next clip doesn't really explain itself until you see the replay. Needless to say when it does it will have you in stitches. His protestations and his nearest teammates reaction also add to the comedy value. Taxi for Kei Kamara.

1)  Rocky Baptiste (Harrow vs Waltham Abbey - 2009)

Rocky Baptiste takes the number one spot for this unbelievable miss just last year. What on earth happened here? Did he decide to give his brain a rest at the last minute? His teammate seems as though he can't accept that it's not gone in. Brilliant, cringeworthy, hilarious and wonderfully entertaining all wrapped into one. Well done Rocky!!

So there's my top 10 misses ever. If a terrible miss was a crime then these lot would be serving life sentences as we speak.


Now i understand that the oldest clip on the list was only 18 years ago and there were probably some worse misses from before that time that could have made the list, but i've picked the 10 based on videos that i've found on youtube after many hours of scouring, and what's the fun of having this top 10 with no video evidence.


Thanks for viewing this hub. I hope you enjoyed it and if you care to comment then feel free. Have i got the list right? Have i missed an obvious one (or several) out? What's the worst miss you've ever seen?

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    • attemptedhumour profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      The last one would have to be the worst, as there were no mitigating circumstances. He was show boating, the pillock. Good luck today in the cup final. I'll be a deputised Stoke fan for the day with fingers crossed. Cheers

    • Fuller_legend profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Stoke-On-Trent, England

      Cheers Donnacha

    • Donnacha C profile image

      Donnacha C 

      7 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland

      great hub, thanks for making me laugh after a stressful day!

    • Fuller_legend profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Stoke-On-Trent, England

      Thanks mate. I hadn't seen one or two of them myself until a couple of days ago.

    • michael ely profile image

      michael ely 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Fuller legend, Hilarious stuff. Every one is a classic. There's a few i hadn't seen before but all really good choices.



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