Five of the best: Bicycle-kicks

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Although Queens Park Rangers secured a dramatic win over Liverpool on Wednesday evening, the game will also be remembered for a quite spectacular goal by Sebastian Coates.

The Uruguayan gave the Reds the lead in breathtaking fashion, as he left the ground and fired into the roof of Paddy Kenny's net with stunning athleticism.

The execution of such a difficult technique is always commendable, and the fact that Coates plies his trade as a centre-back makes it all the more impressive.

There has been some debate at GMF HQ as to the differences between a scissor-kick and a bicycle-kick, and the opinion appears to suggest that Coates' effort falls into the category of the former.

But, having trawled the archives, we decided to put together a list of our favourite bicycle-kicks rather than outline some fine scissored volleys - with a nod to the exploits of Coates, of course.

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United v Manchester City - February 12, 2011

This strike against Manchester City may well be remembered as Wayne Rooney's most iconic goal of his career, even if he continues playing for another decade.

With the game at Old Trafford seemingly heading towards a draw after David Silva had cancelled out Luis Nani's opener, it took a moment of genius to separate the local rivals.

Nani's cross from the right took a slight deflection and looped into the City box. Rooney steadied himself and elevated his body, before acrobatically crashing the ball into the top corner. Watch the goal here.

Trevor Sinclair

Queens Park Rangers v Barnsley - January 25, 1997

This fabulous goal from then Queens Park Rangers winger Trevor Sinclair against Barnsley earned the Match of the Day Goal of the Season prize for the 1996-97 season.

While the execution and elevation of Sinclair are astounding, perhaps the most remarkable thing about this strike is how he generates so much pace on the ball from outside the area.

The ball is crossed in from the right flank, Sinclair peels off his marker and takes a position on the edge of the box. He then leaps to a breathtaking height and gives the goalkeeper no chance with a perfectly timed strike. Watch the goal here.


Barcelona v Villarreal - November 25, 2006

What makes this goal all the more impressive from the mercurial Brazilian is the way he creates the the chance for himself with an expert piece of control.

Receiving a lofted pass from a teammate just beyond the penalty spot, Ronaldinho takes the ball on his chest and is forced to turn his back to goal.

He then shows quite brilliant improvisation to strike a flying volley as the ball drops down from the sky; leaving the Villarreal defender and goalkeeper completely bamboozled. Watch the goal here.


Barcelona v Valencia - June 17, 2001

Similarly to Ronaldinho, the quality of this goal is marked by how quickly Rivaldo adjusts himself after trapping the initial pass with his chest.

What is also impressive is that at no point throughout the phase of play does Rivaldo face the goal, but has an instinctive awareness of just where his shot needs to be fired.

Like Sinclair, too, the Brazilian veteran hits his shot with immense power; enough to beat the goalkeeper at full stretch as the ball flies into the bottom corner. Watch the goal here.

Corporal Luis Fernandez (Pele)

Allied POWs v Nazis - Unspecified time during WWII

Perhaps we've been a bit cheeky putting this goal into our list, but for the sheer drama of it all we had to mention Corporal Luis Fernandez - better known as Pele - for his strike in Escape to Victory.

With the Allied forces staring down the barrel of defeat against their Nazi captors, Carlos Rey (Ossie Ardiles) and Arthur Hayes (John Wark) get the POWs to within touching distance of the Germans.

But, with Fernandez struggling with a rib injury, their chances of securing a dramatic 4-4 draw look increasingly slim. Watch the goal here.



However, as the game edges towards its conclusion, Rey stands the ball up and Fernandez uses his last ounce of energy to leap into the air and draw the POWs level with a glorious overhead kick. Watch the goal here.

There you have it - some of GMF's favourite bicycle kicks. We are acutely aware that there have been numerous others scored over time that are also deserving of a mention - so we'll leave that to you.

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