Lionel Messi, Toure & Benteke score on spectacular weekend

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Lionel Messi, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Gabi, Christian Benteke and Carlos Tevez conspired to make this one of the best weekends for spectacular goals in some time.

GMS were, as usual, glued to television, laptop and other compatible devices to try and watch as much football as possible on a weekend that promised so much with the fixtures.

Sunday in particular was a great day with Manchester City taking on Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final, Real Madrid travelling to Atletico Madrid and Juventus taking on AC Milan.

Such are the quality of the teams on show in these fixtures, it is not too surprising that a special goal or two was scored, but this weekend we had was felt like an abundance of brilliance in the goalscoring department.

We were so happy about it that we decided to put a selection of our favourites into one place for you to enjoy.

Lionel Messi v Almeria

The little magician is well and truly back and looks to have blown off the rust after a couple of months out with injury. Barcelona cut Real Madrid's lead at the top of La Liga to a point with the 4-2 thrashing of Almeria and the pick of the goals was Messi's sensational free-kick - watch how far it bends!

Yaya Toure v Sunderland

An insipid first half by Manchester City had many convinced an upset was on the cards after Fabio Borini had given the Black Cats the lead, while Toure had been playing as poorly as he had done for a while. None of that mattered in the 55th minute, however, as any criticisms of a bad performance were silenced by an incredible 35-yard curler into the top corner to level the match.

Samir Nasri v Sunderland

Barely 90 seconds had passed after Toure's golazo levelled the match when Manchester City took a stranglehold on the final. Aleksandar Kolarov picked up the ball on the left a crossed low to Nasri just inside the box, the Frenchman then hit an unstoppable first time shot into the far corner and set the Citizens on their way to a 3-1 win and claiming the first trophy of the season.

Christian Benteke v Norwich City

Aston Villa v Norwich is not exactly a huge glamour tie in the Premier League, but Belgium international Benteke pulled off an A-List goal if ever there was one. Norwich had taken the lead through Wes Hoolahan in the third minute, but Benteke sparked an incredible first half comeback, which would see the Villains prevail 4-1, with an incredible chest control and bicycle kick off of a long ball forward from Ron Vlaar. 

Gabi v Real Madrid

Much of the Madrid derby was dominated by some of the dirty play and comical play acting by players from both sides, though Pepe was a shining light in this regard, as usual, but Atletico captain Gabi made headlines with something all the more agreeable. Karim Benzema gave los Blancos an early lead which was cancelled out by Koke before Gabi received a free-kick all of 40 yards out and smashed it past the despairing dive of Diego Costa.

Carlos Tevez v AC Milan

AC Milan are not the team they once were but any meeting with Juventus is always something to look out for. Juve look as though they will win a third straight Scudetto after triumphing 2-0 and the second of those, scored by Carlos Tevez, was very special. He picked up the ball in midfield marched forward to about 30 yards out and unleashed an unstoppable drive in off the underside of the crossbar.

What do you think of the goals we picked out? Which was your favourite? Are there any we missed out and should have been picked? Leave a comment below to let us know...

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