Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid v Juventus
Source - The Score
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored some stunning goals in his time but, arguably, none better than the one he produced against Juventus at the Allianz Stadium when playing for Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final in 2018. It was so good that UEFA named it their Goal of the Season.
Ronaldo had given Real a first-half lead, but there seemed little danger when early in the second-half Martin Vasquez picked up a loose ball on the right and sent in a cross to Ronaldo. The ball was not only behind the striker but above his head, but that did not matter. Launching himself acrobatically through the air, he executed a perfect bicycle kick that flew past Gigi Buffon into the Juventus net before anybody else could react.The strike was so good that the home fans got to their feet to applaud the Portuguese marksman. Perhaps it is no surprise that Juventus paid Real €100 million (£90 million) to acquire his services at the end of the season.
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United v Manchester City
Labeled the best Premier League goal ever, Rooney described the goal that won the Manchester derby in February 2011 as the most important he ever scored for the club. Nani had given United the lead only for David Silva to equalize in somewhat fortuitous fashion.
With United seemingly on the verge of dropping points in the title race, Rooney spectacularly clinched the match. Twelve minutes remained on the clock when Nani sent in a cross from the right of the area. The ball was high and behind Rooney, who was lurking near the penalty spot. However, he reacted in an instant, readjusted his position and then sent an acrobatic kick past City goalkeeper Joe Hart who barely had time to respond.Hart later insisted that Rooney had not made perfect contact and had shinned it in, but that does not detract from the quality of the strike at all. United would go on to win the League title that year.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden v England
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovich has never been a man to suffer from false modesty. He is fully aware of his enormous talents, which have seen enjoy a glittering club career across Europe and America. He is also the highest scoring player for the Swedish national team of all time, scoring 62 times in 118 internationals, before finally bowing out of the international scene in 2016.
However, arguably his highest ever goal in a Sweden shirt came in a friendly with England in November 2012. He had already grabbed a hat trick in the match when he put the cap on a superb individual performance with a moment of supreme improvisation.
A long clearance found England goalkeeper Joe Hart racing out of his area to head the ball clear over the advancing Ibrahimovich. The ball floated in the air, and with his back to goal 35 yards out, the striker watched the football onto his right foot. He connected correctly, sending the ball in an arc into the unguarded England net.Sweden ran out 4 – 2 winners of the match.
Gareth Bale, Real Madrid v Liverpool
Gareth Bale’s strike for Real Madrid in the Champions League final is arguably the greatest ever goal to be scored in a significant showpiece final. And it was composed by a player who had only been on the pitch two minutes at the time, having been introduced as a second-half substitute when the teams were level at one goal apiece.
The goal originated with a cross from full-back Marcelo with his weaker right foot. Fellow forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema occupied the Liverpool defenders, giving Bale just the space he needed to set himself, taking a vital step to creating an angle. Then he sailed into the air, and then waved his left foot at the ball, connecting with the sweetish of strikes, past the despairing dive of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.
Robert Lewandoski, Bayern Munich FC v Dynamo Kiev
As the ball hit the net, snow sprayed in all directions. Orange ball, red lines and a snowy white pitch - Bayern fans were confronted with a somewhat unusual image in the driving snow in the Ukrainian capital during the first half. One man who once again kept a cool head in every situation despite the inhospitable footballing conditions in FC Bayern's 2-1 away win at Dynamo was Robert Lewandowski. The Bundesliga's top scorer was particularly on fire in the 14th minute, when he scored a goal of the year contender. the Pole, scored with a spectacular bicycle kick. "Lewy's goal is very much worth seeing," said coach Julian Nagelsmann, with a smile. In true Lewy fashion, the 33-year-old set several new records at the same time.
Ronaldhino, Barcelona FC v Villareal
The 2006-07 season was arguably Ronaldinho's best season in LaLiga and while the forward scored 21 League goals, the sheer audacity and the brilliance of those 'Ronaldinho goals' made him stand out from the rest. Barcelona on Sunday shared the video of Ronaldinho's acrobatic finish against Villareal and asked their followers if it was the Brazilian forward's best goal at the club. The 2002 World Cup winner received a cross from midfielder Xavi in the penalty box, which Ronaldinho controlled with his chest before falling and scoring a sensational goal. The Brazilian forward's touch of brilliance sent the Camp Nou crowd into a frenzy. Ronaldinho's goal meant that Barcelona romped to a 4-0 win against Villareal.