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The 25 Greatest Goals of All Time

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The 25 Greatest Goals of All Time

In the history of soccer, there have been some truly stupendous goals scored. So with an assist from YouTube, we’ve rounded up what we consider to be 25 of the most amazing, ridiculous, jaw-dropping and majestic goals of all time. Here they are.

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If you’re wondering why Bergkamp is still beloved among Arsenal fans, this is Exhibit A.

Beckham didn’t bend this one as much as he just… launched it.

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Carlos is one of the greatest ball-strikers in the history of soccer. (We’ll see him again later, too.) This free kick is hard to believe. The ball seems to defy the laws of physics.

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In 1959, against Juventus of Brazil, Pelé scored what he considers his best goal ever. Here’s a CGI recreation of it

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The announcer says it best: “Different class!”

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At just 19, Messi does his best impression of his fellow Argentine, Maradona. And it’s pretty damn close.

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Let’s watch one more from the little maestro, shall we?

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Ronaldo calls this 35-yard laser beam the best goal he ever scored. Hard to argue with him.

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The Romanian struck it sweetly. Notice the knuckle ball-like movement as the shot nears the net.

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The Frenchman made many an opponent look silly during his career. It was just this Deportivo defender’s turn

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Time stopped, and Zidane hit a volley. With his weaker leg. In the Champions League final. Pfft. Privilege. 

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Just a half-field goal… in the World Cup final… to put her team up 4-0… and complete a hat trick… in the 16th minute.

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This is what you call “coast to coast.” Also: probably not what Verona wanted to do with their corner kick. Also also: This call is excellent.

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What’s that? You didn’t know Zlatan played for Ajax? Oh, he did. And one time he did this.

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In the 2014 World Cup, Cahill brought the thunder from down under. Nope, we're not sorry about using that phrase.

Cahill’s volley is a poor man’s version of this one from van Basten. In the 1988 Euro Cup final, no less. 

Roberto Carlos sees your acute angle and raises you… an impossible angle

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Not just a bicycle kick. A long-range bicycle kick. (This call, in English, is pretty fantastic, too.)

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Probably the finest goal of the 1994 World Cup in the US. That said: What’s up with this Belgian defending? 

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So yeah, this is how you chest and volley a ball. (Sorry, Mexico.)

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Twenty-six consecutive passes led to this beautiful team goal for Argentina in the 2006 World Cup.

Speaking of team goals: In the World Cup final against Italy in 1970, Brazil produced the team goal to beat all team goals. With an assist by Pelé!

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Amarikwa said he was inspired by Steph Curry to try his luck from distance. Steph Curry might be inspired by this strike, too.

He got all of that one!

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