Top 10 Goals - Part 2

Top 10 Goals - Part 2

5. Garrincha (Brazil) v Bulgaria, 1966 – Said to be the next best Brazilian player after Pele, the best ever dribbler, and practically the inventor of the ‘banana shot’, Bulgaria found out first hand the meaning of the word ‘unsavable’. Genius Garrincha curled a perfect free kick into the top corner, leaving the players and spectators in disbelief. He was carrying a knee injury at the time.

4. Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina) v Mexico, 2006 – Every soul in the stadium was stunned as Maxi Rodriguez controlled a pass from Sorin on his chest and volleyed home with his left foot from outside the box. With a penalty shootout looming, the awesome goal turned out to be the match winner, and deservedly so.

3. Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands) v Argentina, 1998 – The Ice Man put his compatriots through to the semi final of France 98 with a spectacular goal in the 89th minute against a tough tackling Argentina side, who were one of the favourites to go all the way. Frank de Boer played a magnificent long pass which Bergkamp controlled whilst fully airborne. His next touch took it through Ayala’s legs, allowing his third and decisive final touch to be a volley of the highest order, with the outside of his foot.

2. Diego Maradona (Argentina) v England, 1986 – With the English still reeling from a handball goal which put the eventual champions in the driving seat, the little wizard made amends a few minutes later with a solo slalom effort, worthy of winning any contest. The English players couldn’t get close as Maradona ran from his own half to eventually round Peter Shilton and put the quarter final to bed.

1. Carlos Alberto (Brazil) v Italy, 1970 – The greatest ever World Cup goal. The goal that makes you smile. Defence became attack, with several drag backs, twists, turns and bamboozled Italian players along the way, culminating in Pele nonchalantly rolling the ball into the path of his captain Carlos Alberto to put the final nail in the Italians’ coffin and wrap up Brazil’s 3rd world title.

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