Here’s a look at some of the finest goals we’ve ever seen in the Premier League:
Papiss Cissé: Newcastle United vs Chelsea
Newcastle caused a shock in May 2012 with their first win at Stamford Bridge in 26 years. It included this incredible first-time hit from Papiss Cissé that curled over the helpless Petr Čech in the Chelsea goal.
Paolo Di Canio: West Ham United vs Wimbledon
One of the most memorable players and goals from the 90s was this exquisite volley from West Ham’s charismatic Paolo Di Canio. The Hammers legend was so unpredictable and fun to watch, but also such a talent and goalscorer down at Upton Park under Harry Redknapp.
Peter Crouch: Stoke City vs Manchester City
“He has good feet for a big man” was often the annoying statement used to describe Peter Crouch. Even those of us who hate the quote cannot deny how good the former-England striker’s feet were on this day in March 2012 as his wonder goal earned Stoke a surprise draw versus Manchester City.
David Luiz: Chelsea vs Fulham
Chelsea have just completed the re-signing of David Luiz for £34 million, two years after selling him to Paris Saint-Germain for £50 million. Good business? The top pundits aren’t a fan of the Brazilian’s defending but bookmakers Paddy Power Premier League odds have Chelsea 5/1 joint-second favourites to win the title this season. Back in April 2013 he opened the scoring with this stunning 35-yarder at Fulham as Chelsea went on to win 3-0 with John Terry scoring a brace.
Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United vs Portsmouth
Cristiano Ronaldo has a reputation for scoring cracking free kicks (just not for his country) and this was the one that got him going. Portsmouth goalkeeper David James can just stand and watch the Portuguese forward’s powerful, swerving effort into the top corner.
Paulo Wanchope: Derby County vs Manchester United
As the story goes, Jim Smith and Steve McClaren picked up an unknown Costa Rican striker from Queens Park Rangers’ reserves back in March 1997 when there were no transfer deadlines. He was handed his debut at Old Trafford of all places and scored this sensational goal, beating four United players before slotting past Peter Schmeichel during a 3–2 win.
Wayne Rooney: Manchester United vs Manchester City
Can you believe this goal is five-and-a-half years old already? Wayne Rooney scored a stunning bicycle kick to win the Manchester derby back in February 2011, en route to becoming the record goalscorer in matches between these two city rivals.
Xabi Alonso: Liverpool vs Newcastle United
Xabi Alonso had already won one punter £25,000 with a goal from inside his own half in an FA Cup tie versus Luton Town in January 2006. He then replicated his antics with a 70-yarder versus Newcastle in the Premier League later that year. The Spaniard used to practice these shots in the warm-ups – it was certainly entertaining to see him do it in a match too!
Gus Poyet: Chelsea vs Sunderland
Chelsea started the 1999-2000 Premier League season with a 4-0 thumping of Sunderland. It included this spectacular volley from Uruguayan midfielder Gus Poyet, with Blues legend Gianfranco Zola providing an immaculate assist.
Dennis Bergkamp: Arsenal vs Newcastle United
Did he mean it? This is Dennis Bergkamp we’re talking about, of course he did! Arsenal’s Dutch forward produced a cheeky flick and spin past Newcastle Untied defender Nikos Dabizas in March 2002 in what was one of the coolest goals in the history of the Premier League and world football.
David Beckham: Manchester United vs Wimbledon
Before Xabi Alonso came along there was a player called David Beckham who scored from the halfway line versus Wimbledon in the first game of the 1996-97 season. Terry Venables hadn’t included the youngster in his Euro 96 squad that summer but this goal certainly put the United midfielder on the map on his way to stardom.
Robin van Persie: Arsenal vs Charlton Athletic
Robin van Persie scored a number of cracking goals with his magical left foot during his time at Arsenal but none were as spectacular at this leaping volley outside the penalty area at Charlton Athletic in September 2006.
Matt Le Tissier: Southampton vs Newcastle United
Matt Le Tissier was a fine player who many say he dedicated his whole career to Southampton… though he actually finished his career with Eastleigh in 2003, and even came out of retirement 10 years later to play one game for Guernsey. Either way, in his prime, Le Tissier scored many a majestical goal for Southampton and we’ve picked up this solo effort versus Newcastle in October 1993 as his finest.