Fewer things in football are more satisfying than seeing a player more accustomed to preventing goals, open up and bury a beauty of a shot.
Former Liverpool joke-butt Djimi Traore did just that this week when he slapped in a 35-yard rocket for his latest side, Seattle Sounders of MLS.
Any player can sometimes find himself within sight of goal and think “this is it, this is my moment” before striking the ball to reach an ecstasy that is almost never accessed for them.
Djimi’s goal got the people at GiveMeFootball thinking, which isn’t always a good thing, and recalling the times when players more accustomed to ‘battling’ or ‘scrapping’, or even being ‘industrious’, had popped up with something special.
We took to our task with great relish and came up with five of our favourites.
The Manchester United defender has always been known for his ability on the ball but scoring goals was never exactly his forte. That’s why his strike against Liverpool in 2006 was so special; the touch to bring it down and the finish into the top corner were sublime.
The French midfielder didn’t impress for much of his time with the Gunners but his final season at the club saw him really come of age, which made it a greater shame that he left for free in the summer. Flamini was a combative midfielder and something of a utility man, but his stunning strike against Newcastle United will love long in the memory.
Spurs’ England full-back has a reputation for getting forward well but his goal return isn’t particularly great. However, if there is one thing to you can do to get the White Hart Lane crowd on your side it is to fire home a 25-yard winner against local rivals Arsenal.
The Portuguese defender only scored three goals in his four years at Chelsea but two of them were absolutely brilliant. A fantastic start to the 2011-12 Premier League season became even better when Bosingwa fired home a terrific shot into the top corner. However, GMF’s favourite was his crossbar shaking strike against West Brom in 2008.
Jiranek’s scoring record throughout his career is not the best, so GMF can’t even begin to understand why he decided to attempt this one. The former Czech Republic international was fully 45 yards out when he smashed home one of the most incredible long-range strikes we have ever seen. Watch is above and weep.
What do you think of GMF’s choices? Which wonder strikes from unlikely goalscorers are your favourites? Leave a comment below to let us know…