When choosing a Top Ten World Cup Goals list, the results could easily change daily, similar to trying to choose your favorite Beatles song. A spin is made on the task by GIVEMESPORT.
10. Manuel Negrete (1986)
When paired up in attack with the fantastic Hugo Sánchez, Manuel Negrete had no trouble blending in with Mexico’s World Cup hosting efforts in 1986.
However, he spectacularly emerged from the shadows against Bulgaria in the second round with a fantastic bicycle kick in the 34th minute to break the tie.
The boost that a dejected Mexico needed came from a goal so outstanding that it was turned into a statue at the Estadio Azteca. Mexico then proceeded to easily advance to the quarterfinals before losing on penalties to, you guessed it, West Germany.
9. Saeed Al-Owairan (1994.
The 1994 World Cup final group game between Saudi Arabia and Belgium in Washington only lasted five minutes. The reward for a victory was second place in the standings, behind the Netherlands, and the added benefit of avoiding a matchup with the tournament’s holders, Germany, in the round of 16.
Saeed Al-Owairan came up with the game’s lone goal after seizing control of the ball midway inside his half and embarking on a mad dash through four opponents and into the Belgian penalty area, where he lofted the ball high into the billowing net. It was the pinnacle of his country
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8. Marco Tardelli (1982)
What is sometimes overlooked about the moment that sparked the most famous World Cup celebration is that the goal was also exceptionally beautiful, and John Motson’s superb commentary from the BBC’s commentary box added to its impact.
Paolo Rossi dispossessed the legendary Paul Breitner, Gaetano Scirea advanced into the West German half, Bruno Conti held onto the ball, and then Rossi, Scirea, and a teenage Giuseppe Bergomi all got involved again. Before Marco Tardelli’s left foot, who shot from the edge of the penalty area, received the ball.
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7. Archie Gemmill (1978)
In Argentina, Scotland’s lack of preparation for the 1978 World Cup rapidly caught up with them as they were outclassed by a fantastic Peru and embarrassed by Iran. They faced the Netherlands in their last group game, and Ally McLeod’s exhausted team was prepared for another long day at the business.
However, it was at this point that Scotland finally proved their mettle, winning the game 3-2, with Archie Gemmill scoring the game’s best goal with an iconic slaloming strike that was later made famous by a memorable moment in the classic 1990s film Trainspotting.
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6. Michael Laudrup (1986)
During the opening exchanges of the second half of Denmark’s second group game at the 1986 World Cup, Michael Laudrup decided to take matters into his own hands. At the time, Denmark was engaging in an incredibly remarkable phase of keep-ball play.
At this moment, the game was still 2-1 in favor of Norway against a ten-man Uruguay, but Laudrup’s quick individual brilliance allowed him to get past three players and the goalkeeper before slotting the ball home.
Preben Elkjaer would score a hat-trick as the catalyst for an astounding 6-1 triumph, but it was Laudrup who grabbed the attention.
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5. Dennis Bergkamp (1998)
Before Dennis Bergkamp changed the script, the 1998 quarterfinal between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille was headed into an unavoidable spell of extra time.
Frank De Boer launched a long, plodding, and even a little bit hopeful diagonal ball that was cleared by every outfield Argentine player. Bergkamp cushioned the ball on the inside of his right foot, took a second touch to drag it past Roberto Ayala, and then smashed it beyond Carlos Roa with the outside of the same right foot.
He only needed three touches of the ball to perform a brilliant move.
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4. Éder (1982)
The 1998 quarterfinal between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille was heading toward an inevitable period of extra time until Dennis Bergkamp changed the script.
Frank De Boer sent a long, plodding, and even a little bit hopeful diagonal ball that was cleared by all of the Argentine outfield players before Bergkamp cushioned it on the inside of his right foot, took a second touch to drag it from right to left past Roberto Ayala, and then blasted it beyond Carlos Roa with the outside of that same right foot.
He only needed three touches of the ball to pull off an amazing feat.
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3. Esteban Cambiasso (2006)
The entire team scored when Argentina defeated Serbia and Montenegro 6-0 in the 2006 group stages thanks to a remarkable performance that culminated with their second goal of the match.
After a 40-second, 24-pass sequence that was completely mesmerizing, Esteban Cambiasso completed it by placing the ball in the upper left-hand corner.
Because of their extraordinary talent, José Pékerman’s team should have won the competition, but they were defeated on penalties in the quarterfinals by the tournament’s hosts, Germany
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2. Diego Maradona (1986)
Instead of his first, while that one has great hidden beauty as well, Diego Maradona’s second goal in Argentina’s quarterfinal World Cup match against England in 1986 was mesmerizing and the best individual goal the tournament has ever seen.
Just four minutes after “The Hand of God,” Maradona received the ball from Héctor Enrique in his half and ran 60 yards and ten seconds to the goal, dodging Peter Beardsley, Peter Reid, Terry Butcher twice, and Terry Fenwick on the way. He then sat Peter Shilton down and rolled the ball into the empty net.
It was a feat of pure genius, dubbed “The Goal of the Century.” Argentina defeated West Germany to win the competition.
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1.Carlos Alberto (1970)
Brazil was teasing Italy by the 86th minute in the 1970 World Cup final.
To get the ball from Tosto, who had tracked back toward left-back from his duties in front of the goal to Carlos Alberto, who slammed home his team’s fourth goal of the day past a helpless Enrico Alberto, it took ten passes from seven different players.
Tosto initiated the move and did not touch the ball again, but he was instrumental in alerting Pelé to Alberto’s impending arrival of his right.
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