Fans can always hope for moments of magic in the Premier League and the 2012/13 season hasn't failed to deliver. There have been exceptional strikes ranging from exquisitely timed volleys to absolute bullets into the top corner. 

Assembled here is a team in which the Goal of the Season inevitably lies, but who will it be? All of the players in this XI are genuine contenders, but who will come out on top? Have your say in the comments box below!

Goalkeeper: Wayne Rooney | Manchester United vs Norwich

With no goalkeepers getting their name on the scoresheet in the Premier League this season, I had to use my imagination with this one. Enter, Wayne Rooney.

Manchester United's star striker is no stranger to spectacular goals, whilst it's well documented that Rooney can hold his own in-between the sticks, too.

Rooney, who this morning celebrated the birth of his new baby boy Klay, scored a stunner against Norwich during United's 4-0 romp over the Canaries.

So, with that very tedious link in mind, Rooney features in goal for this Goal of the Season XI.

Right-back: Rafael | QPR vs Manchester United

Rafael opened the scoring in this much anticipated game where both United and QPR were in desperate need of the points. 

The ball is crossed by Robin van Persie but palmed away by R's keeper Julio Cesar straight, into the path of Rafael. The Brazilian full-back then smashes the ball into the far left corner with a stupendous volley.

Centre-back: Matthew Lowton | Stoke vs Aston Villa

Normally a right-back, Lowton is equally as competent in central defence. Lowton introduced himself with two spectacular goals for Villa, however this list dictates I only show one of them.

Corner ball. Ball crossed, headed away and then kicked high into the air, Lowton waits patiently before taking it onto his chest and smashing a right-footed volley past the onrushing defender into the top left corner. All without touching the ground. Sensational.

Centre-back: David Luiz | Fulham vs Chelsea

David Luiz scores a lot of great goals and has come a long way this season, attracting interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

His stunning strike during Chelsea's short trip across west London to Craven Cottage sums up the affable defender and rightfully puts Luiz amongst the Goal of the Season contenders.

Left-back: Leighton Baines | Newcastle United vs Everton

Time and time again Baines has been Everton's go-to man for both goals and assists. Strong rumours of a potential transfer to David Moyes' Manchester United should make Everton fans weak at the knees.

Free kick. Baines manages to smash the ball with the outside of his foot through the wall so it curls away from the keeper and into the top left corner. Absolutely smashing.

Right-wing: James Milner | Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic

Milner does not share the ego of the City squad, instead, he makes a name for himself through his reliability and tenacity. Doesn't score many - which makes this one even more spectacular.

Receiving a pass from Gareth Barry, Milner finds himself alone with the ball 25 yards out. What does he do? He takes a touch and then smashes the ball into the net where it is still rising on its way in, leaving Ali Al-Habsi with absolutely no chance. Good lad. 

Centre-midfield: Tom Cleverley | Newcastle United vs Manchester United

Cleverley has established himself as a regular in the United line-up and has done well for club and country since his loan spell at Wigan Athletic. It will be long debated whether this was a cross or a shot but for now, relax and enjoy.

Rooney looks for Cleverley down the wing and finds him, Cleverley opens his stance towards goal and then curls a looping effort into the top corner past the outstretched hand of Steve Harper.

Centre-midfield: Zoltán Gera | West Brom vs Liverpool

The Hungarian captain has become an integral part of the Albion setup and enjoyed substantial success in the first half of the season, but can he perform as well next year?

Corner ball headed away by Martin Skrtel, comes to Gera who controls with his chest, one bounce, and then a sumptuous volley that never stops rising right into the top left. Keeper nowhere near.

Left-wing: Gareth Bale | West Ham vs Tottenham

To be honest, the majority of Bale's goals this season could make this list. Bale has scored the most goals from outside the penalty area this season - a fine player with a fine shoot.

Coming up to the 90th minute and after being fouled, Bale gets back to his feet and receives the ball from Tom Carroll, shuffles to the side and then hits a dipping shot past the defender into the the top corner. Spectacular.

Striker: Luis Suárez | Liverpool vs Newcastle United

If not for his controversial nature, Suárez would be one of the most inspirational and respected strikers around. However, for the moment, we can only be satisfied with the rare glimpses of talent that we get from him.

José Enrique sends the ball long for Suarez to chase, which he does, and takes the ball down on his chest before faking a shot and rounding the keeper for a simple tap-in. Must be seen to understand the true complexity of this goal!

Striker: Robin van Persie | Manchester United vs Aston Villa

Van Persie is on course to repeat his feat of top scorer in the league and, one would argue, that he has won the league this season on his own. What a bit of business by Sir Alex Ferguson.

The perfect goal. Perfect vision, perfect ball, perfect finish. Rooney looks up, spots the run and lofts perfectly weighted pass right into the path of Van Persie. Without stopping, RVP hits the ball on the volley and into the bottom right corner.

So who wins it? Do you agree with the list of contenders? Name your winner of goal of the season in the comments box below.


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