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.
1. Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal
If you’re wondering why Bergkamp is still beloved among Arsenal fans, this is Exhibit A.
2. David Beckham, Manchester United
Beckham didn’t bend this one as much as he just… launched it.
3. Roberto Carlos, Brazil
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.
4. Pelé, Santos
In 1959, against Juventus of Brazil, Pelé scored what he considers his best goal ever. Here’s a CGI recreation of it.
5. Diego Maradona, Argentina
The announcer says it best: “Different class!”
6. Lionel Messi, Barcelona
At just 19, Messi does his best impression of his fellow Argentine, Maradona. And it’s pretty damn close.
7. Lionel Messi, Barcelona
Let’s watch one more from the little maestro, shall we?
8. Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United
Ronaldo calls this 35-yard laser beam the best goal he ever scored. Hard to argue with him.
9. Gheorghe Hagi, Romania
The Romanian struck it sweetly. Notice the knuckle ball-like movement as the shot nears the net.
10. Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid
The Frenchman made many an opponent look silly during his career. It was just this Deportivo defender’s turn.
11. Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid
Time stopped, and Zidane hit a volley. With his weaker leg. In the Champions League final. Pfft. Privilege.
12. Carli Lloyd, USA
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.
13. George Weah, AC Milan
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.
14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ajax
What’s that? You didn’t know Zlatan played for Ajax? Oh, he did. And one time he did this.
15. Tim Cahill, Australia
In the 2014 World Cup, Cahill brought the thunder from down under. Nope, we're not sorry about using that phrase.
16. Marco van Basten, The Netherlands
Cahill’s volley is a poor man’s version of this one from van Basten. In the 1988 Euro Cup final, no less.
17. Roberto Carlos, Real Madrid
Roberto Carlos sees your acute angle and raises you… an impossible angle.
18. Bruno Xavier, Brazil
And this is why Xavier was the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013 Golden Ball award winner.
19. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden
Not just a bicycle kick. A long-range bicycle kick. (This call, in English, is pretty fantastic, too.)
20. Saeed Al Owairan, Saudi Arabia
Probably the finest goal of the 1994 World Cup in the US. That said: What’s up with this Belgian defending?
21. Maxi Rodriguez, Argentina
So yeah, this is how you chest and volley a ball. (Sorry, Mexico.)
22. Esteban Cambiasso, Argentina
Twenty-six consecutive passes led to this beautiful team goal for Argentina in the 2006 World Cup.
23. Carlos Alberto, Brazil
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!
24. Quincy Amarikwa, San Jose Earthquakes
Amarikwa said he was inspired by Steph Curry to try his luck from distance. Steph Curry might be inspired by this strike, too.
25. Giovanni van Bronckhorst, The Netherlands
He got all of that one!