Top Five: Greatest ever solo goals
Maradona, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic feature in the top five greatest solo goals
Anytime Inter Milan and Tottenham come together, most football fans will cast their minds back to that magical night in the San Siro when Gareth Bale announced himself to the world.
4-0 down and with ten men on the pitch against a rampant Inter at home, Bale single-handedly hauled his side to within an inch of snatching one of the finest results in their history.
The first of the Welshman’s three was particularly special; picking it up well inside his own half, the Welshman carried the ball at break-neck speed leaving a trail of blue and black in his wake before firing a perfectly angled shot past Julio Cesar.
That got us at GMF Towers thinking about the finest solo goals we’d ever seen. Ahead of the two teams meeting tonight at White Hart Lane enjoy these five solo golazos we've cobbled together. Enjoy.
Maradona v England
The original solo wondergoal, it is often forgotten that Maradona almost pulled off something similar in a friendly in 1980 against England, only for the Argentinian genius to put his shot narrowly wide of the post. He later revealed he thought of that moment and knew what he had to do in order to guide the ball past Peter Shilton in the England goal as he worked his way into the area six years later.
Maradona’s solo run left an exasperated England trailing in his wake and moved him and his country a step closer to World Cup immortality. The “Hand of God” in the same game demonstrated perfectly the angel and the devil duality that dominated the great man’s life on the pitch. Watch here.
George Weah v Verona
Perhaps one of the most iconic goals of all time, George Weah quite literally run the length of the pitch against Verona in 1996, bundling and dribbling his way past his ailing opponents before slamming home from just inside his opponents area.
The former World and European player of the year achieved plenty in his career, but he’ll always be remembered for this simply sensational goal. Watch here.
Lionel Messi v Getafe
The heir to Maradona’s throne scored a remarkably similar goal to his countryman back in 2007 against Getafe, and once more it was enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
The stats are remarkable. Both men ran for just over 10 seconds, Maradona covering 62 metres, Messi 60, both touched the ball 13 times and beat six rivals. The end product was the same; a sensational goal. The Camp Nou stood to applaud and salute their new 19-year-old hero. Watch here.
Ryan Giggs v Arsenal
A goal that captures all the magic, drama and glory of the FA Cup, Ryan Giggs’ strike was an iconic enough moment without the Welshman revealing a chest rugged enough to belong to any full-sized bear.
Intercepting a mis-placed pass from Patrick Vieira, Giggs set off on a mazy run with his side down to 10 men and a goal required to keep them on the path to a glorious treble.
Ferguson used the phrase ‘twisted blood’ to describe what Giggs did to his opponents, turning them inside out before firing home from a tight angle and setting off on his famous celebration. Watch here.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic v NAC Breda
Last but certainly not least in our list, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never been one to shy away from the limelight by pulling off the outrageous and seemingly impossible – and that was true from an early age while he was still with Ajax in 2004.
This one differs from the rest as Ibra doesn’t eat up the ground and hare away from opponents, but rather beats numerous men in the tightest of spaces before dummying and tricking his way to the most unbelievable goal imaginable.