The Premier League returns this week as Arsenal face Leicester in the first game of the 2017/18 campaign on Friday night.
With the league coming back, we’re certain to see plenty more jaw-dropping moments this season. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the ten greatest Premier League goals of all time.
Last campaign saw plenty of contenders – from Olivier Giroud, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Emre Can, but even those goals don’t make an appearance in the top ten.
Sit back and enjoy.
10. Dimitri Payet vs Crystal Palace – 2016
This goal was simply sensational. With Crystal Palace putting plenty of bodies in the wall, it looked as if the angle was impossible for Payet.
Up stepped the Frenchman to curl the ball into the top corner at the keepers side – with one of the best free-kicks Premier League fans have ever witnessed.
9. Papiss Cisse vs Chelsea – 2012
It’s hard to find superlatives to describe this goal. The Newcastle forward simply defied physics with the outside of his boot, looping the ball over Petr Cech from what seemed like a threatless position, drawing gasps and applause from both supporters in the meantime.
8. David Beckham vs Wimbledon – 1996
The goal that announced the arrival of David Beckham on the world stage. The young winger caught the goalkeeper off his line from his own-half, lifting the ball over his head and into the net.
This was just the beginning for Beckham, in one of the great Premier League moments.
7. Alan Shearer vs Everton – 2002
The greatest goalscorer in Premier League history – Shearer rattled the net 260 times, so it’s no surprise that he’s made the list. A first-time volley against Everton completely out of the top drawer, showing what the great Alan Shearer was all about.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Portsmouth – 2008
We all thought Cristiano Ronaldo was world-class, but this was the moment we all became certain of it. David James could only stand and watch as Ronaldo thundered the ball up and down in a flash, with one of the best free-kicks that you’re ever likely to see.
5. Jack Wilshere vs Norwich – 2013
Jack Wilshere has never really lived up to expectation. This goal, however, was a sign of the potential he had. The link-up between Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud is a thing of sheer beauty.
The pace of the teamwork is simply poetry in motion.
4. Paolo Di Canio vs Wimbledon – 2000
Everything about this goal is stunning. The pass from Trevor Sinclair is sublime, but Di Canio still has work to do.
Both of his feet leave the ground as he connects with a stunning volley into the far corner past a helpless goalkeeper. The technique is something of awe.
3. Thierry Henry vs Manchester United – 2000
Thierry Henry was a genius – a man who constantly delivered on the big stage.
The Manchester United and Arsenal rivalry was at its height in this era – and Henry’s goal with his back turned was one which was worthy of winning a game of any calibre, significant of his genius at the same time.
2. Dennis Bergkamp vs Newcastle – 2002
What. A. Goal. An incredible pass through the idea of the needle from Robert Pires finds Bergkamp on the edge of the box with a defender keeping tight to the Dutchman.
A pirouette sends the defender packing, and Bergkamp coolly slots home. One of the best pieces of skill we’ve ever seen, from one of the best strikers that the Premier League has ever seen.
1. Wayne Rooney vs Manchester City – 2011
Significance, class, and wonder – this goal had it all. A tight Manchester derby with both sides battling for the Premier League title needed a moment of magic.
Nani’s hopeful ball is met by Wayne Rooney in mid-flight, as he connects with an overhead kick into the far top right corner, sending Old Trafford into raptures, shockwaves around the world – whilst reminding United’s ‘noisy neighbours’ that Manchester was still red.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.