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As the football world sat back and marveled at Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s stunning goal overnight, the team here at Yahoo!7 Sport got to thinking about our favourite ever goals.
Ibrahimovic’s strike was brilliant but we’ve each come up with a goal that we think tops it.
Remember, these are OUR personal choices. And judging by the fiery discussion in our office, we’re sure plenty of you will disagree with us!
Let the debate begin ...Cameron Storey
Diego Maradona, Argentina v England, 1986
"Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal is the most famous of the 1986 World Cup but his scything run to goal just five minutes later is unquestionably the best of that tournament. England, already down 1-0 to Argentina in the quarter-final following the illegal goal, were left dumbfounded as Maradona collected the ball in his own half before running around, past and through these poor buggers: Stephen Hodge, Peter Beardsley, Peter Reid, Terry Butcher, Terry Fenwick and Peter Shilton. It was the master at his best."
David Beckham, Manchester United v Wimbledon, 1996
"David Beckham is a man that leaves you in awe at the best of times. He was just 21 when he scored this incredible goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon in 1996, and it was the goal that signaled his arrival in world football. Very few players have since been able to replicate the feat, and it remains the most amazing long distance strike in Premier League history."
Brett Holman, Australia v Serbia, 2010
"In Australia's final Group match in the 2010 World Cup, the Socceroos needed to beat Serbia by at least two goals to make the unlikely advancement into the round of 16, after they suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat in their opening match against Germany and drew 1-1 with other Group D opponents, Ghana. Their World Cup dreams were on the line. Tim Cahill opened the scoring in the second half, but when Brett Holman waltzed into Serbia's half in the 73rd minute to unleash a blistering long range strike into Vladimir Stojkovic's goal, the Aussies could dare to dream. Unfortunately they conceded in the 84th, but Brett Holman's spectacular individual effort gave the nation a glimmer of hope when they so desperately needed it."
Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal v Newcastle, 2002
"The Dutch maestro is the most uniquely gifted player I have ever seen and he could have easily had five goals on this list. This strike simply has everything; sublime touch, speed, agility, strength and composure. I have never seen a goal like it and I doubt I ever will again. Genius."
Kevin Prince Boateng, AC Milan v Barcelona, 2011
"Two amazing teams, one amazing player, and one bloody blistering goal. Prince-Boateng's perfectly weighted first touch sets up a circus-trick back-heel, expertly threading the ball through the defenders legs to give himself just enough space to blast a vicious curl into the back of the net."
Dennis Bergkamp, Holland v Argentina, 1998
"As Bergkamp tells it, Frank de Boer made eye contact from across the field and both saw the same opportunity. At a flat sprint Bergkamp controls a long ball with his right foot - a ball many would have struggled to control with their hands. His second touch is sublime and he has the ball in his complete control as he makes his way past defender Carlos Ayala. The rest, as they say, his history. If Bergkamp regards it as his best goal ever, it must be pretty good."
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