Great goals are being scored all the time in soccer, especially by the big teams in Europe. It is hardly surprising as these sides boast some of the best footballers on the planet.
There is Lionel Messi who currently plays for Spanish La Liga side Barcelona. Of course, you can’t forget Cristiano Ronaldo, now playing for Italian club Juventus or Neymar, the Brazilian striker currently with French team Paris Saint-Germain. They have all scored some special goals.
But one goal, in particular, stands out. It has just been scored by another great striker – Harry Kane. He plays his football for the English Premiership side, TottenhamHotspur.
Why is this goal so special? Well first of all, it was scored from the halfway line. Secondly, it was a one-touch kick of extraordinary foresight and accuracy.
The goal came in injury time in the 93rd minute against Juventus in Singapore in their clash in the International Champions Cup tournament.
The wonder strike earned a 3-2 victory for Tottenham. This goal was reminiscent of when Pele tried something similar in the World Cup game against Czechoslovakia in 1970. Unfortunately, he narrowly missed.
Kane, however, did not miss and it will do wonders for his confidence and his reputation. He spent the last weeks of the Premiership title race on the side-lines having sustained a nasty ankle injury. His recovery and this spectacular goal go to prove what ex-Spurs player Darren Anderton said in a recent interview – that Kane would come back better than ever after a good summer break.
Goals are what football is all about, and there have been some absolute crackers of the years. Have a look at the best ten goals of all time as show on YouTube.
There is one other wonder goal that deserves special mention, even though it does figure in the YouTube clip. It is the goal scored from a free-kick by full-back Roberto Carlos for Brazil on the 3rd of June 1997 against France in the opening match of the Tournoi de France. It has to be mentioned because it almost defies explanation.
This goal is rated as the best free-kick ever. Carlos lashed the football with the outside of his boot from 35 yards out, imparting a vicious spin on the ball. When the ball left his boot, it seemed to be heading for the corner flag. Then the spin took over. It took the shot around the wall defending the goal. It then quite incredibly bent it back in, to hit the inside of the post and fly into the back of the net.
Brasil were always seen to be specialists at the so-called “banana” kick – but this free-kick took it to a whole new dimension.
The French goalkeeper, Fabien Bartez, stood rooted to the spot, convinced the ball was going side. He looked back totally perplexed as the ball ended up inside his goal and it’s no wonder he was nonplussed. The kick even baffled scientists who struggled to explain the dynamics at play.