The FIFA World Cup is the most esteemed competition in football where the athletes often goal in an unpredictable way. The top athletes from all over the world assemble to compete for their country’s honor. There is a lot on the line in this competition, which is filled with intense emotion and tremendous energy. The World Cup never lacks drama or spectacular goals. These objectives demonstrate abilities while also assisting in creating stories about life’s best events.
Here, we look at 10 of the greatest goals ever scored at a FIFA World Cup.
Zinedine Zidane’s goal in the 2006 World Cup final, despite the fact that it was a penalty, is nonetheless remembered as a great score in one of the most legendary World Cup games ever. Zidane’s final game as a professional athlete was in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final. Despite the infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi, Zidane’s performance up until the final whistle was as superb as one would anticipate.
One of the most recognizable World Cup goals of all time was his Panenka-style penalty in the opening minutes of the match that just missed the goal line. It called for a lot of confidence because it was such a skillful show.
9. Siphiwe Tshabalala Vs Mexico (2010)
Given all the memorable moments and catchy songs it produced, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa ranks among the most entertaining tournaments in recent memory. The World Cup’s opening goal by Siphiwe Tshabalala in front of the home fans was the ideal way to kick off the first competition to take place in Africa.
The home team conceded possession of the ball in their own half and quickly counterattacked against the Mexicans. The Mexican defense was played in behind Tshabalala. From the edge of the box, the winger took a couple touches before smashing the ball into the top corner of the net. When the tournament’s first goal was scored, the home crowd went into a frenzy.
8. Esteban Cambiasso Vs Serbia and Montenegro (2006)
Esteban Cambiasso’s goal during the 2006 FIFA World Cup has to rank among the best team goals ever scored in the event. The goal scored by Argentina against Serbia and Montenegro was a masterful example of patient build-up play and the skill of anticipating the ideal time to play the pivotal last ball.
In Argentina’s 6-0 thrashing of the European country, a flawless one-two play involving Cambiasso and Hernan Crespo and a silky backheel assist brought up a superb team goal.
7. Cristiano Ronaldo Vs Spain (2018)
The biggest stage in football as a sport is the FIFA World Cup. Who better to include in a tournament famed for its dramatic moments than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar has an uncanny ability to remain composed and deliver in the most stressful situations.
Ronaldo did not disappoint in terms of entertainment on the opening day of the 2018 World Cup. One of the most memorable events of that competition was a magnificent free kick in the waning seconds of the match. His free kick in the 88th minute not only gave him a hat trick but also assisted Portugal in drawing even with Spain.
6. Michael Owen Vs Argentina (1998)
At 18 years and 190 days, Michael Owen, who played in the 1998 World Cup, scored the youngest goal in the tournament’s history. He scored a statement-making goal against Argentina. The youthful striker made his name known to the world with a beautiful solo goal.
The goal was set up by a strong ball from David Beckham and a flawless first touch from Owen onto his stride. Owen easily dribbled past his opponent and finished into the top corner while maintaining great control. Even though England ultimately lost on penalties, Owen’s goal is still well-known.
5. Benjamin Pavard Vs Argentina (2018)
In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Benjamin Pavard’s amazing volley was the game-winning goal. In what was undoubtedly the best game of the tournament, the French right-shot back’s into the top of the box started the comeback.
The outcome against Argentina in the Round of 16 was crucial as France went on to win the tournament in the end. At the age of 22, Pavard made his official debut and strengthened Didier Deschamps’ case for starting him. The right-back scored a goal that will go down in history by combining amazing technique and power.
4. Maxi Rodriguez Vs Mexico (2006)
Numerous things about the FIFA World Cup 2006 are well-known, but this outstanding goal by Maxi Rodriguez is one that is often overlooked. Winners in overtime are always noteworthy. However, when they are scored in a way like Maxi Rodriguez did, they become legendary.
At the right corner of the box, the Argentine winger scooped up the ball with his chest. Then, with confidence, he drove the ball into the top corner. Argentina’s entry into the quarterfinals was definitely a remarkable goal.
3. Robin Van Persie Vs Spain (2014)
Many people still remember Robin Van Persie’s header against the reigning champions Spain in the 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage. Iker Casillas was placed in a dangerous situation by a skillful, accurate, and looping header. Daley Blind made a beautiful ball to the striker hiding behind Sergio Ramos.
Van Persie scored the equalizer without making a mistake, earning him the moniker “The Flying Dutchman.” Following the iconic goal, Van Persie and Louis Van Gaal gave each other an iconic high-five. 2014’s Puskas Award finalist was Van Persie’s header.
2. James Rodriguez Vs Uruguay (2014)
Rodriguez won the Puskas Award in 2014 thanks to his goal. James Rodriguez, 23, made a grand entrance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The attacking midfielder from Colombia spearheaded the effort for his country, leading them to an amazing quarterfinal result when they fell to the host Brazil.
A revelation, James. He was the tournament’s golden boot winner with six goals and two assists. One of the most acceptable goals in tournament history was his stunning volley against Uruguay in the round of 16. The Puskas Award was eventually won by James’ endeavor in 2014.
1. Diego Maradona Vs England (1986)
The finest goal ever scored at a FIFA World Cup was perhaps Diego Maradona’s deliberate run from within his own half. The small Argentine received the ball while under duress, skillfully turned around his opponents, and accelerated, unlike any other player.
It takes a lot of expertise to perform the remarkable close control at such a high speed with such a precise finish. Few athletes are capable of Diego Maradona’s feats. Furthermore, to defeat a team like England on the grandest stage makes it much more remarkable.
Surprisingly, even though it was called the “Goal of the Century,” the “Hand of God” goal eclipsed it to become the match’s most memorable moment. Argentina defeated its opponent 2-1 and later won the World Cup.
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