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Rooney takes goal honour

Rooney strikes against City. (©GettyImages)
Rooney strikes against City. (©GettyImages).

Wayne Rooney has expressed his delight after receiving the award for the greatest goal scored in the history of the Premier League, with fans voting his acrobatic effort against Manchester City last year as the finest ever.

The Manchester United striker's overhead-kick in the pivotal derby at Old Trafford in February last year was shortlisted among nine others to celebrate 20 years since the inception of the Premier League.

But Rooney won out over the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry to take the honour; polling 26 percent of the public vote.

"I grew up watching the Premier League so to be voted the scorer of the best goal in its history is a great feeling," Rooney told the official Manchester United website after winning the award.

"There are so many good goals in that shortlist, goals that I watched in my living room as a kid: Alan Shearer's goal, Paulo Di Canio's, Tony Yeboah's, David Beckham's... to be competing with them and winning is a great honour for me and something I'm very proud of. I'd like to say a big thank you to all the fans that voted for me."

Arsenal were represented twice in the top three, with Bergkamp's delicious turn and finish against Newcastle ten years ago taking 19 percent of the vote, and Henry's volley past Peter Schmeichel at Highbury voted third.

Also on the shortlist was Tony Yeboah's rasping volley for Leeds United, Eric Cantona's audacious chip against Sunderland, Alan Shearer's cracker for Newcastle versus Everton and Paulo di Canio's spectacular effort for West Ham in 1999.

David Beckham's iconic long-range strike at Selhurst Park also featured in the top ten, while Southampton's Matthew Le Tissier was the only player with two entries.

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