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Xabi Alonso: Ten of the best goals during the Spaniard's career

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Xabi Alonso doesn't score very often, but when he does, they're pretty special. During a career that spanned 757 games in all competitions for club and country, the Spaniard has managed 56 goals. 

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid favourite scored one of the best goals of his career on Tuesday night as Bayern Munich beat  SV Darmstadt 1-0 in the DFB-Pokal.

Following that wonder strike, GiveMeSport has compiled a list of ten of Alonso's best goals that are sure to bring back some memories. 

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2002-03: Valencia

Back in the days before Alonso was a household name, he was making waves with Real Sociedad in La Liga.

During the 2002-03 season, Sociedad pushed Real Madrid all the way in the title race and you can see why with this stunning strike against Valencia at Mestalla.

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2004-05: Fulham

The first of many great seasons for Alonso at Liverpool. The Spaniard came off the bench at Craven Cottage to inspire the Reds to a great comeback.

He helped the Anfield giants recover from two down to win 4-2, scoring his first goal for the club with this free-kick.

2004-05: Arsenal

A trait that is more synonymous with his midfield partner on the day, Steven Gerrard.

Alonso arrived at the edge of the box at the perfect moment, through a Gerrard pass, and unleash this fierce strike past Jens Lehmann and into the top corner.

2004-05: Vs. AC Milan

Not his best goal, but arguably the most important. You all know the story, the miracle of Istanbul.

Skip to 1:44 to see the goal

Alonso stepped up to take a crucial penalty with Liverpool trailing 3-2 and rammed home the rebound after a Dida save. The rest is history.

2005-06: Vs. Luton

A classic FA Cup tie. This game will always be remembered for Alonso's goal from his own half - on his 'weaker' foot - to make the score 5-3.

But his first goal, a stunning strike from 40-yards that levelled the game at 3-3, was pretty special too.

2006-07: Vs. Newcastle

Another goal from his own half. A strike that the Independent writer Andy Hunter described as "one of the most audacious goals in Anfield's rich 115-year history."

Admittedly, there are questions over Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper, but what a strike nonetheless.

2006-07: Vs. Watford

Another wonderful goal at Anfield. Liverpool were leading Watford 1-0 and Ben Foster had made a number of stunning saves.

But he was helpless to stop this curling effort from Alonso.

2011-12: Vs. Zaragoza

Alonso's goals significantly dried up during his time in the Spanish capital. He failed to find the back of the net in his last two season at Real Madrid.

In the 2011-12 season, he managed one La Liga goal and that came in the 6-0 rout of Real Zaragoza, but it was a great strike.

2014-15: Vs. SV Darmstadt 98

It proved to be a tough night for Bayern as they struggled to break down a resolute Darmstadt.

But that is some way to do it.

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