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Top five: Premier League solo goals

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When remembering the greatest solo goals of all time, names like Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and George Weah instantly spring to mind.

However, the Premier League has produced some memorable solo goals of its own over the last 21 years.

Sadly, the number of great solo goals has diminished in recent times due to an improvement in the standard of defending - but, on the flip side, that makes them all the more special when a player embarks on a mazy run before providing the all-important finish.

Here are five of the best solo goals in the history of the Premier League.

5. Gianfranco Zola v Manchester United

Zola was a diminutive genius who scored a number of spectacular goals during seven memorable years at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea legend netted one of his best against Manchester United in February 1997.

The Italian ran on to a pass from Dan Petrescu before selling a couple of United defenders with two classy touches and burying the ball past Peter Schmeichel at the near post.

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/KiyfgqJdqOE

4. Gareth Bale v Norwich City

Gareth Bale scored several world-class goals last season, but the one at Carrow Road against Norwich City was undoubtedly his best solo effort.

The Wales international who is poised to join Real Madrid, ran from his own half, gliding past two opponents, before slamming the ball with the outside of his left boot into the far corner of the net.

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/T5CG6UxPT4k

3. Ruud van Nistelrooy v Fulham

Ruud van Nistelrooy was a prolific penalty-box predator who consistently scored goals during his successful five-year stint at Old Trafford.

He was not known for scoring goals from outside the box - but did pop up with a couple of impressive solo goals.

None were more impressive than his wonderful solo effort against Fulham, where he ran from his own half, skimming past several opponents with pace few knew he had, before producing a typically composed finish inside the penalty area.

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/YCB_0ibu7bo

2. Matt Le Tissier v Newcastle

A master of the spectacular and a bonafide Southampton legend, Matt Le Tissier could have taken up all five spots on this list.

But a 'top five Matt Le Tissier' list is a feature for another day.

Perhaps hist most impressive solo goal came at the Dell, against Newcastle United in October 1993.

The gifted forward produced three mesmeric touches before slotting the ball perfectly into the bottom corner of the net.

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/CzMpdLlbZm0

1. Thierry Henry v Tottenham

Eleven years have passed since Henry scored this magnificent solo goal against Arsenal's fierce rivals Tottenham at Highbury.

But it remains the Premier League's best solo goal.

The Gunners legend was at the peak of his powers at this stage of his career, and used his lightning pace and tremendous skill to score one of the greatest goals in the history of the north London derby.

To watch the goal, scroll the top of the page and click play.

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