Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a special talent, obviously, and he showed it once again on Wednesday night for Sweden against England with an outstanding strike.
It was the kind of goal that only comes along once every few years and has sparked all manner of debate.
Not content with already having scored a hat-trick, Ibrahimovic decided to kill off the game with a fourth – and what a fourth it was.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart came rushing out of his goal to make a poor clearing header, then the PSG man exploited that mistake in the most outrageous fashion – hitting a first-time overhead kick from 30 yards out at an angle, straight back into the goal.
It was simply sublime and instantly started debates over whether it was the best goal ever scored; because there is no doubt that it is one of them.
GMF have decided to have their say in this particular debate and, after much deliberation, we have decided on the five best goals ever.
See them below…
Neymar v Flamengo, 2011
GMF felt an individual goal had to be in there and Neymar’s effort, which one the 2011 FIFA Puskas Award for the year’s best goal, just edged ahead of Maradona’s solo goal against England in 1986.
This is because the Brazilian managed to play a one-two with a team-mate in between writhing past and around numerous defenders, before showing the most incredible weight of touch and awareness to finish one of the great goals.
Marco van Basten v USSR, 1988
The time and place of a goal can do a lot to enhance its quality, but the Dutch legend’s sublime volley in the Euro 88 final against the Soviet Union would have been as brilliant on a Sunday league pitch.
Dennis Bergkamp v Argentina, 1998
Great goals don’t necessarily have to be smashed shots or slalom dribbles, sometimes just pure technique and subtle skill can be just as gobsmacking. The 70-yard-pass from Frank de Boer is pin-perfect and Bergkamp’s subsequent control was fitting.
Carlos Alberto v Italy, 1970
Where better to score one of the greatest team goals ever but in the World Cup final? Nowhere, that’s where. Team goals are always a delight, but the gleaming yellow of Brazil’s kit in the Mexico sun, passing their way to a third World Cup has that something extra. From start to finish, this goal was a perfect example of poise, technique, vision and execution. Delightful.
Martin Jiranek v Kuban Krasnodar, 2012
A more recent gem has stormed its way so far into the GMF consciousness that it just cannot be dislodged. We’ve seen long range strikes, but nothing we have witnessed has ever had such a feeling of satisfaction to it as the Czech Republic international’s striker for Terek Grozny.
We love that he even decides to shoot from pretty much the centre circle and we bow down to the clean strike that followed such an absurd notion. The ball spends most of its journey above the height of the bar and heading to the other side of the goal, but changes its mind midway through the flight to complete possibly the most astonishing long-range goal ever.
There we have GMF’s choices for greatest goals ever and before you cry out at a certain strike not being present, hear this: we agree with you.
Choosing the greatest ever goals is highly subjective and it is nearly impossible to say why some are better than others, but it is probably the most enjoyable debate to have.
That’s why GMF want to know your favourites, so leave a comment below to let us know…