There have been many brilliant goals scored in Europe over the course of the last 20 years - and these 10 surely rank among the very best. 

Pauleta (PSG) v Marseille | April 2004

The ex-Portugal striker scored a class goal against rivals Marseille in his first season at the French club. Many regarded it as a wonder goal due to the difficult positioning in which he had to strike the ball. The striker has always sustained a goalscoring threat, having scored with 47 goals in 88 international appearances for Portugal. 

Ronaldinho (PSG) v Marseille | March 2003

The Brazilian ex-FIFA World Player of the Year scored a class solo goal against Marseille in 2003. This goal helped showcase his credentials to the footballing world, which brought media attention and helped him pick up the FIFA World Player of the Year the next season. Ronaldinho pounced on the ball, given away by Marseille, before running nearly half the length of the pitch and neatly chipping the helpless goalkeeper. 

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) v Manchester City | February 2011

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney scored one of the greatest goals in the whole of his career in February 2011 against bitter rivals Manchester City. The game was tied at 1-1 before a magnificent bicycle kick from the former Everton player ended the Manchester derby in devastating fashion. 

Tony Yeboah (Leeds United) v Wimbledon | September 1995

The Ghanaian ex-Leeds United striker scored one of the best goals of his career against Wimbledon: a thundering half-volley that left the goalkeeper shocked. The power and accuracy combined made the shot unstoppable for the Dons' 'keeper. 

Paolo Di Canio (West Ham) v Wimbledon | March 2000

When people describe the "perfect volley", Paolo Di Canio's wonder volley is an excellent goal to reference. Still tipped as one of the best goals in English football, 13 years on, Di Canio should be proud of his effort. 

David Beckham (Manchester United) v Wimbledon | August 1996

The former England skipper scored one of his greatest goals in August 1996 at a very young age, which portrayed his footballing abilities to the  world. With United leading 2-0, Beckham noticed that Wimbledon's goalkeeper Neil Sullivan was standing a long way out of his line and hit a shot from the half-way line that floated over the 'keeper and into the net. 

Ludovic Giuly (AS Monaco) v Lens | November 2003

Another mind-blowing, superb overhead kick - the Frenchmen embarrassed Lens with a stunning effort. Giuly's overhead kick is surely one of the contenders for best scissor-kick goal in European football history.

Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal) v Newcastle | March 2002

Arsenal legend and former Netherlands striker Dennis Bergkamp scored one of the most technically skilful and well-crafted goals during the 2001/02 season. It wasn't the finish that brought major recognition for his goal, it was in fact the perfect turn he crafted to beat the Newcastle defender and easily finish past the goalkeeper. 

Wayne Rooney (Everton) v Arsenal | October 2002

Marking his first goal in his footballing career, Wayne Rooney's fearless, dipping shot beat goalkeeper David Seaman to delight the Everton faithful. Even at 16 years old, Rooney could score stunning goals.

Eric Cantona (Manchester United) v Sunderland | December 1996

One of the most famous goals in Premier League history came from the Manchester United talisman Eric Cantona. The Frenchmen was involved in a pass-and-move with team-mate Brian McClair and then subtly chipped the 'keeper to score a peach of a goal. His goal celebration was also one of the major reason why his goal got so much recognition.

 

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