Top 10 Unforgettable World Cup Goals
With superstars like Ronaldo, Neymar Jr and Messi, we can certainly expect to see some great goals at 2018 World Cup. But what are the most unforgettable World Cup goals? Here’s our top ten, see if you agree.
But what are our top 10 unforgettable World Cup goals?
#10 Roberto Baggio vs Czechoslovakia
Bellissimo at Italia 90.
Roberto Baggio scored an unforgettable goal in front of his home fans at World Cup 1990, Italia 90. Receiving the ball on the left wing, exchanging a one-two, dribbling inside and outside of defenders, before thumping the ball home - This memorable goal from the Italian kicks off our top 10 most unforgettable goals.
#9 Saeed Owairan vs Belgium
This goal might not have been in the World Cup knockout stage, but Saudi Arabia needed victory in their final group match against Belgium to progress in the 1994 World Cup.
Saeed Owairan scored a goal that must go down as a run for the ages, collecting the ball inside his own half, breezing past more than four opponents before unleashing a thundering effort into the net to help Saudi Arabia progress into the next round.
#8 Carlos Alberto vs Italy
In June 1970, Brazil scored one of the greatest team goals in world football - let alone to score it in the World Cup Final.
With Italy trailing 3-1, the Brazilian were knocking the ball around with ease. After a series of Brazilian passes, the ball arrived at the feet of Pele to the edge of the Italian box. Rather than shooting, Pele laid the ball off to a surging Carlos Alberto, bombing up his right flank.
#7 Tim Cahill vs Holland
A screamer from Downunder!
Australia are not the world beaters that they are with an oval ball, but Tim Cahill’s left-footer volley to equalise against Holland at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil can certainly compete with the most unforgettable World Cup goals.
#6 Ronaldo vs Germany
The 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan played host to a historic and unforgettable moment as Ronaldo clinched Brazil’s fifth World Cup championship with a well taken goal against Germany, and winning the Golden Boot in the process.
#5 Bergkamp vs Argentina
The 1998 World Cup Quarterfinals took place between Holland and Argentina in Marseille. With Holland taking an early 12th minute lead through Barcelona hitman Patrick Kluivert. After only 5 minutes, Argentina's hitman Claudio Lopez calmly finished a Juan Sebastian Veron through ball to equalise the knockout stage at 1-1.
In the dying seconds of regular time, a long ball from Frank De Boer to Dennis Bergkamp created a simply special goal to take Holland through to the Semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup.
#4 Ronaldinho vs England
Ronaldinho goal against England is an unforgettable goal in World Cup history, but was is a cross, or one of the greatest free kick?
With England taking an early lead through Michael Owen in the quarter-final of World Cup 2002, it firstly took a maze run from Ronaldinho to set up Rivaldo for the equalizer on the stroke of half-time.
On 50 minutes, England’s World Cup campaign was brought to an abrupt end as Ronaldinho floated a speculative free kick over a helpless David Seaman in the England goal.
#3 Iniesta vs Netherlands
After years of Spain underperforming at international tournaments, the Spanish national team were at the peak of their powers, having been crowned European Champions at UEFA Euro 2008 and boasting talent such as David Villa, Xavi and captain Carlos Puyol to name a few. Iniesta's winning goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup final take our third placed spot in our Top 10 Unforgettable World Cup Goals.
#2 Maradona vs England
Fewer games in history – let alone World Cup – history have created such a lasting impact on football.
After scoring the ‘Hand of God’ goal. Diego Maradona – in the prime of his career - scored possibly the greatest goal in history with a brilliant individual goal against England in the 1986 quarter-finals.
Maradona started from within his own half. Spinning away from tackle after tackle, and coasting past defenders until one-on-one with the oncoming keeper. Rather than blasting it goal-wards, Maradona cooly drag the ball past Peter Shilton to finish into an empty net.
#1 Maradona vs England
During the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals, Diego Maradona, the captain of Argentina, scored a goal that will forever be etched in World Cup history.
Rewind back to the 1966 World Cup, the South Americans had just been knocked out of the tournament after a 1-0 loss to England, the champions-elect - the Argentinians called it a complete injustice, Sir Alf Ramsey called them “Animals”.
In 1986, this tension was escalated when Diego Maradona gave Argentina the lead after scoring ‘The Hand of God’ goal.
Here is our number 1 goal in our Top 10 Unforgettable World Cup Goals.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has the perfect mix of favourites, underdogs, and potential fairy-tail stories. Can Messi lead Argentina to World Cup glory? Can Belgium or Portugal make their mark? Do England have what it takes? Who will dethrone defending champions Germany? The excitement is building but what great goals have we missed?
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