Football is still one of the most popular sports worldwide. A recent study by ExpressVPN showed that it’s breaking records in sports streaming trends, with the Premier League matches having the highest viewership.
This year the Premier League is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and throughout that time, some truly wonderful goals have been scored.
Here we run through some of the very best to have hit the back of the net.
1. Son Heung – Min wins the Puskas Award
The Puskas Award is the award for the best goal scored across the footballing world. Awarded each year, it was Tottenham forward Son who won 2020’s edition.
With Tottenham beating Burnley 1-0, Tottenham foiled a Burnley attack with Son picking up the ball just outside his own penalty box.
Son kept driving with the ball with few options to pass to until he reached the halfway line. At full speed, Son used all his skill and guile to slalom his way through the Burnley defenders until he was 1-on-1 with Burnley keeper Nick Pope.
Showing no signs of panic, the South Korean star kept his cool, sliding the ball under the England shot-stopper and sending the capacity crowd inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium into pure delirium.
Son was at it yet again recently as he netted two superb goals as Tottenham beat Leicester 6-2. Son is one of the league’s stars, with millions watching the Premier League worldwide. It isn’t a surprise that the Premier League comes out on top in sports streaming in the UK, with many looking to stream the biggest games. With games such as the North London Derby and Manchester Derby to look forward to, streaming games can be easy, and millions will tune in to make sure they can watch the action unfold.
2. Sergio Aguero scores the winner against QPR to win Manchester City’s first league title
It’s a moment that will stand the test of time, bringing about one of the most iconic moments in Premier League history. Seemingly down and out with their title hopes in disarray, Manchester City needed to score twice in the final five minutes of play to beat QPR and land their first-ever Premier League title.
Hope was rekindled when Edin Dzeko nodded home from a David Silva corner before the stadium, and the eyes of the world transcended into bedlam when Sergio Aguero latched onto a pass by Mario Balotelli and slammed the ball past Paddy Kenny in the QPR net. That goal is likely never to be matched when it comes to drama or importance and is rightfully at the top of our iconic goals list.
3. David Beckham scores from the halfway line against Wimbledon
At the start of the 1996/1997 season, Manchester United started brave new dawn when Sir Alex Ferguson decided to flood his Manchester United side with several youngsters fresh out of United’s academy. Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and David Beckham would all form the famed class of 92.
One of these players would score one of the Premier League’s most iconic goals.
Putting up the ball just inside his own half, Beckham spotted Wimbledon keeper Neil Sullivan off his line and decided to try to lob him from his own half.
Launching the ball skyward, Beckham’s effort caught Sullivan wholly unprepared, and the keeper was hapless in letting the ball drop into the net over his despairing reach.
Even though the goal happened over twenty years ago, it is still fondly remembered.
4. Rooney wins Manchester Derby with a stunning overhead kick
Few games are more significant than the Manchester Derby, and in recent times the game has got even bigger due to Manchester City’s ascent up the football pyramid.
Back in 2011, it was United who still held the upper hand when it came to Manchester superiority, and Wayne Rooney would go on to secure a vital three points for the red half of Manchester with one of the best goals the Premier League has ever seen.
Rooney was prowling around the penalty spot and waiting for a cross from Nani to arrive into the box. As the Portuguese attempted to cross the ball, the ball took a deflection and changed the trajectory of the flight so that it was now behind Rooney.
Adjusting to the ball’s flight, Rooney soared into the air and connected sweetly with his bicycle kick. The ball flew into the top corner, sending Old Trafford into pandemonium. The goal would secure a vital 2-1 for United, and after the game, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson called the goal the best he had ever seen.
5. Henry glides across the pitch to down Spurs
It’s not very often that goal celebrations get immortalized, but that is what happened with Arsenal’s Thierry Henry, whose stunning goal against North London rivals Spurs will be forever remembered by those visiting the Emirates.
In 2002 Arsenal were at their best under legendary manager Arsene Wenger. Despite form going out of the window in Derby matches, Arsenal regularly had Tottenham’s number, and Henry would ensure it would stay that way that season.
With the game evenly poised, the ball fell to Henry in the middle of the pitch, and the Frenchman only had one thing on his mind. Driving through the heart of the Spurs’ defense, Henry matched his blistering pace with superb strength. Reaching the edge of the Tottenham box, Henry shimmied to the left and fired a rocket of a shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
Henry would run the pitch length in celebration, ending his joyous moment with his now iconic knee slide. That moment has been captured as a statue which thousands of Arsenal fans flock to each match day.
6. Bergkamp combines strength and skill to score a special goal against Newcastle
Sticking with Arsenal and legendary Dutch forward Dennis Bergkamp’s goal against Newcastle is another goal that has to be on this iconic goals list.
In 2002, Arsenal traveled to Bobby Robson’s Newcastle needing to win to ensure they kept the pressure on Manchester United at the top of the table. Struck by a series of injuries, Arsene Wenger needed some inspiration, and Bergkamp provided it.
Bergkamp picked up a pass from Robert Pires inside the D of Newcastle’s penalty box and had his back to the Newcastle goal. With a Newcastle defender marking him tightly, Bergkamp had the wherewithal to flick the ball with the outside of his boot to the defender’s left. As soon as Bergkamp had touched the ball, he spun to the right – performing a silky pirouette.
Regaining the ball, the Dutchman shrugged off the attentions of the Newcastle defense and slid home an expert finish past a despairing Shay Given.
Arsenal manager Wenger described the goal as one of the best he had ever seen.
7. Vardy scores against Manchester United to post a new Premier League record.
The story of Jamie Vardy is likely to be made into a Hollywood film. Through pure tenacity and hard work, Vardy has gone from a part-time footballer to a Premier League great, scoring well over 100 Premier League goals and playing a massive part in helping Leicester win the title back in 2016.
What is often forgotten is that on their way to helping Leicester lift the title, Vardy broke a Premier League record that may never be broken.
Vardy started 2015/2016 as a man possessed, and statisticians quickly realized that Vardy had scored in ten consecutive games, matching a feat set by former Manchester United legend Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
Looking to break the record and score in an eleventh consecutive game, Vardy would come up against Van Nistelrooy’s former side to create history.
With the world wondering whether Vardy could keep his remarkable run of form going, the Englishman answered emphatically when in the 24th minute, he latched onto a pass from Christian Fuchs and slid home an excellent finish while still on the move.
The goal would enable Leicester to net a crucial point and provide the launch pad towards making even more history later that year.
8. Dalian Atkinson scores the Premier League’s first iconic goal
The Premier League first came to fruition thirty years ago, and during that time, we have seen some truly memorable goals.
Aston Villa midfielder Dalian Atkinson won the winner of the Premier League’s first goal of the season.
Atkinson’s goal against Wimbledon is still fondly recalled. The Villa man picked up the ball just inside his half and drove towards the Wimbledon box. With runners to his left and right, many expected Atkinson to pass the ball. Instead, Atkinson looked up and saw the Wimbledon keeper of his line.
Producing a superb chip, the ball sailed over the Wimbledon keeper and rightly awarded Atkinson a deserved goal of the season award.
9. Jack Wilshere’s goal showcases the beautiful game at its finest
Jack Wilshere looked like he would be one of the most incredible English talents that the Premier League era has ever produced. However, his once-promising career was stalled by injuries.
Despite Wilshere not having the professional career he was once destined for, Wilshere will leave an indelible mark on the game with his stunning goal in the 2013/2014 season.
During a rout of Norwich, Arsenal scored one of the league’s most important goals. Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, and Jack Wilshere combined to produce one of the most unique one-touch goals we have ever seen.
With quick-flowing football, the Norwich defense couldn’t keep up with the devastating Arsenal attack, with Wilshere tapping home to finish one of the best team goals the league has ever seen.
10. Gundogan completes remarkable comeback to net Man City another Premier League title
Manchester City likes to leave it late and once again needed yet another late turnaround to capture another Premier League title.
Needing to beat Aston Villa at home, City were caught napping by a firm counter-attacking Villa side who took a shock 2-0 lead. With only fifteen minutes remaining, it looked like the 2021/2022 title would be heading to Liverpool, but the introduction of Ilkay Gundogan changed that all around.
Gundogan made an immediate impact, scoring with his first touch to bring City back into the game. Just two minutes later, City was level thanks to an excellent finish by Rodri. With the wind in City’s sails, they went in search of the winner, and it duly came in the form of Gundogan.
Kevin De Bruyne picked up the ball just outside the box and produced a superb cross that Gundogan could tap in at the back post.
It wasn’t the hardest of goals to score, but it was vitally important as it would set City on their way to securing yet another Premier League title.