Distance, pace and power are all the ingredients needed to score a truly spectacular long-range effort and the Premier League has seen a fair few over the years. Below, for your viewing pleasure, are the top ten screamers in the history of the Premier League. Hold on to your hats.
10. Michael Essien v Arsenal- 10.12.06
Michael Essien’s 84th minute unstoppable strike rescued a point for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge against Arsenal in 2006. Mathieu Flamini had given the visitors the lead just six minutes earlier before Frank Lampard rolled the ball back for Essien to smash an effort at amazing speed past befuddled German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. Click below to watch the strike rightly named as Chelsea’s goal of the season.
9. Wayne Rooney v Newcastle United- 24.4.05
After falling behind to midfielder Darren Ambrose’s early strike, Manchester United had their work cut out to come from behind against a determined Newcastle side during the 2004/05 season. Wayne Rooney’s superb volley with the outside of his right-foot left the spectators inside Old Trafford stunned and triggered a superb fight back from the Red Devils. Wes Brown scored a late winner but Rooney’s strike was certainly fit to win any game of football.
8. Alan Shearer v Everton- 1.12.02
Alan Shearer’s goal at St. James’ Park in 2002 against ten-man Everton showed the striker at his sublime best. The No.9 displayed strength, power and technical brilliance to unleash an unsaveable volley from 22 yards past the despairing Richard Wright. Simply magnificent.
7. Erik Edman v Liverpool- 16.4.05
Swedish defender Erik Edman silenced Anfield in 2005 with a stupendous strike from 38-yards out, with his first Premier League goal for Tottenham Hotspur. It proved to be Edman’s last season with Spurs as he left for French side Rennes that summer, but he will always be fondly remembered in North London for this truly breathtaking goal.
6. Steven Gerrard v Aston Villa- 29.4.06
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has scored some magnificent efforts over the years. His last minute strike against West Ham in the FA Cup final to force extra-time was special. As was his spectacular late goal for The Reds against Olympiakos on their way to Champions League glory in 2004/05. Yet his best goal in the Premier League has to be in The Reds’ 3-1 over Aston Villa in 2006. You can check it out below, although it is also worth looking up his strikes against Middlesbrough in 2005 and Southampton in 2001.
5. Matthew Taylor v Everton- 11.12.06
Matthew Taylor got Fratton Park rocking with a jaw-dropping looping volley from 45 yards out against Everton in 2006. Taylor has a reputation for long-distance strikes and, for me, this was the pick of the bunch.
4. Robin van Persie v Charlton- 1.10.06
Dutch international Robin van Persie scored the goal of a life-time with a technically perfect wonder strike against hapless Charlton in 2006. Arsene Wenger described it as:
“Full pace, full power and technically perfect. It was quite unbelievable.”
Enjoy the strike below-
3. Tony Yeboah v Liverpool- 22.08.95
Leeds cult hero Tony Yeboah secured a victory for The Whites over Liverpool with an astounding, thunderous volley from 25 yards which crashed in off the crossbar. A simply brilliant strike good enough to grace any best ever Premier League goals list. Enjoy the music with this one, not quite sure of the relevance however.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo v Portsmouth- 30.1.08
Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo showed exactly why Real Madrid splashed out £80m for his services with a truly stunning free-kick in Manchester United’s 2008 win over Portsmouth. Ronaldo stepped up and lashed in a 30-yard free-kick with incredible power and pace. Sir Alex Ferguson declared after the game:
“That without doubt must be the best (I’ve seen in the Premier League). From that distance he is going to hit them. No keeper in the world would save that.
“The boy practises. It’s a delight to see, terrific.”
1. Thierry Henry v Manchester United- 1.10.00
I’m afraid I am going to have to disagree with Sir Alex Ferguson on this one. Thierry Henry’s majestic winning goal against Manchester United at Highbury in 2000 was simply incredible.
On 30 minutes Henry, with his back to goal, flicked the ball up on the edge of the area, swivelled, before unleashing a fierce volley from 20 yards past Fabien Barthez. You can see the moment of brilliance below-