Every four years, soccer fans are treated with a month of football bonanza. The best of the very best go head to head for the ultimate prize, the World Cup. Football most coveted prize. Over the years, this tournament has produced some memorable goals. Goals that one has to watch over and over again to believe they are true. Here we list down the top 11 world cup football goals in history.
11 Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina) vs. Mexico 2006
It was a round of 16 game between Argentina and Mexico. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of 90 min. As the extra time progressed, penalties seemed likely until Rodriguez produced a stunner. He received a pass from Juan Pablo Sorin before cresting it and blistering the ball into the top corner. Top class goal.
10 Archie Gemmil (Scotland) vs. Holland 1978
It was a goal that provided consolation for the disappointing Scots. They had arrived looking promising but they flattered at the world stage. Having lost one and drawn the other group game, Scotland arrived in this game needing to win by a three goal margin to progress. In the end they only scored one goal. But what a beauty it was. Archie danced through sea of Dutch defenders before chipping over the goalie into the net.
9 Michael Owen (England) vs. Argentina 1998
It was at this tournament in France that a teenage from Chester, UK announced himself at the world stage. He arrived as a mere boy, but left as a superstar all thanks to a beauty he scored against a talented Argentina side. He received the ball from David Beckham before beating two defenders then slotting the ball past the goalkeeper. It was a quality goal.
8 Dennis Bergkamp (Holland) vs. Argentina 1998
Having knocked out the Three Lions in the previous round, Argentina arrived into this clash as huge favorites. Dennis had other ideas thou as his goal in the 89th minute condemned Argentina to exit the competition. He received a long cross field pass, beat a defender and scored a stunner.
7 Joe Cole (England) vs. Sweden 2006
England, nicknamed the Three Lions, have been a regular participants of this tournament. However, they have only won it once back in 1966 when the competition was being played in their home turf. They have come close in some tournaments but they have always proved disappointing. In some cases, they have fallen to poor officiating decisions. In the 2006 tournament, Joe Cole produced a goal that was labeled “England’s best goal in their footballing history.” Cole controlled a miscue from the opponent before releasing a thunderbolt which they keeper could not keep out.
6 Cambiasso (Argentina) vs. Serbia and Montenegro 2006
It was a clash that was labeled “David vs. Goliath.” The inexperienced Serbs were no match for the talented Argentines. The score line at 90 minutes for that game read 6-0 in favor of Argentina but the epicenter of that game was a goal from Esteban Cambiasso. It was the icing on the cake as he finished off a move that saw Argentina string together 26 passes in less than a minute. It was a beauty of a team goal that saw Cambiasso score from cross range after receiving a pass from Crespo.
5 Arie Haan (Holland) vs. Italy 1978
Having won the previous world cup, Dutch came to this tournament as huge favorites. They had to beat some of the best teams thou to win it twice in a row. In the round of 16, they faced the Italians, another team that once labeled favorites to win the cup. Holland came out on top thou thanks to Arie’s screamer. The powerful shot which went in off the post set the Dutch on course to win the game and eventually the tournament.
4 Manuel Negrete (Mexico) vs. Bulgaria 1986
The famous scissor kick from Negrete, brought Mexico into the lime light. Having progressed through from the group stage, Mexico, who were hosting the event, met Bulgaria in the round of 16. They would need a spectacular goal to see off Bulgaria. Negrete received the ball near the edge before controlling it and playing a one-two with a teammate before volleying a spectacular scissor kick into the net sending the fans into frenzy.
3 Carlos Alberto (Brazil) vs. Italy 1970
The stage was set for the finals featuring football heavy weights Italy against the mighty Brazilians. At the end of 90 minutes, Samba Boys had completely outplayed the Azzurri. The Brazilians had completely run riot winning 4-1. One would be forgiven to think that it was a boring game. Samba boys produced some magical touches and jaw dropping dribbles. But one man stole the show, Carlos Alberto. He was the captain of the Brazilians and he lead by example. He scored a thunderbolt from over 30 yards out. Up to this day, many still argue whether it’s the best world cup goal of all time. Whether it’s the best or not, it is surely a classic goal.
2 Pele (Brazil) vs. Sweden 1958
You have got to feel sorry for Sweden. Most of the spectacular goals scored in almost all the previous world cups have been against the Swedes. The long list started way back in 1958 when Edson Arantes do Nascimento, famously known as Pele, scored a wonder goal. The young man was barely 17 when he was selected in the Samba boys’ squad to take part in that years’ global showcase. Pele, who was nicknamed O Rei, beat two defenders in the area before shooting past the Swedish keeper. Out of the 12 goals in the four world cups that he featured, this remains to be his best goal.
1 Diego Maradona (Argentina) vs. England 1986
Few games in the history of this tournament are more famous that this quarter final clash between Argentina and England. It is hard to believe that this game only produced two goals. But two of the most talked about goals of all time. In a spun of less than 5 minutes, Maradona produced two goals that continue to spark heated arguments years later. One is the famous, or rather infamous “hand of God goal.” The other one was dubbed “goal of the century.” Maradona received the ball in his own half, danced past almost the entire England squad, rounded off the keeper to score a wonderful solo goal. His two goals helped Argentina reach the Semis in a tournament that was held in Mexico.