Someone who was new to watching football would be thinking that Wayne Rooney’s spectacular goal for Manchester United over their City rivals was the best ever. Especially given the hype it got across the media and even Sir Alex Ferguson said it was the best he had seen at Old Trafford. I am sure the likes of Eric Cantona, Denis Law and the like would have something to say about that, despite it being a perfectly executed bicycle kick was it really one of the best? Supposedly because it was against Manchester City and it proved to be the winning goal would raise the importance but in the build up Rooney has miss hit a pass, then Nani’s cross took a deflection, taking the pace out of the ball and allowing Rooney to execute.
Ok, it was still a superb strike and one that reminds me so much like the goal scored by Pele in the film ‘Escape to Victory’. Also the fact Rooney had not been playing that well during the game perhaps shocked us all into a hyped frenzy about it being the greatest goal ever but it was perfectly fitting for a winning goal in a competitive derby game. It got me thinking about some of the best overhead aka bicycle kicks I have seen and after some reminiscing followed by watching clips on the internet I came up with my top 10 overhead / bicycle kick goals. It was tempting to disregard those goals scored outside of the Champions League and top domestic leagues in Europe but I still think some of them deserved a place.
Honourable mention goes to the Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar who has scored many goals in the overhead category, there is even a compilation of them on youtube. Also, Rory Fallon and Roger Boli were also close to entering my Top TEN but none of them really had that special feel like the following list has…..if you think I have missed an important goal out then please comment. Also, where do you think Wayne Rooney’s goal will rank amongst these?
10 – Double Overhead kick (Gimnasia la Plata v Boca Juniors) – Ok, this entry is not to be taken too seriously however I have never seen a double overhead kick scored in my life time. It’s quite hard to tell which of the two Giminasia players get the final touch but in real time it looks like they both connected.
9 – Alex Tera (Melbourne Heat FC v Perth Glory) – After seeing this goal on Soccer AM recently I was majorly impressed. Despite the goal coming from Down Under in an A-League game, the player Alex Tera uses incredible agility and accuracy to score this goal. It’s one that definitely looks good on the eye.
8 – Stan Collymore (Bradford City v Leeds United) – One of the first that came to my memory when recalling overhead kicks. Especially as this came during a fierce local derby although it may not be one of the most agile of kicks in this top ten, it’s certainly an excellent finish.
7 – Rivaldo (Barcelona v Valencia) – This goal reminds me of playing the older versions of FIFA and Pro Evo, with the simple chip into Rivaldo and an almost flawless bicycle kick that flies into the top corner.
6 – Youri Djorkaeff (Inter Milan v Roma) – During my search I found most overhead clips from Italian games but this had to be one of the best in my opinion. Although, an honourable mention has to go to Montella, this goal had more technique and creativity about it.
5 – Peter Crouch (Liverpool v Galatasaray) – Which one do you choose? Crouchy has scored a few bicycle kicks in his career but this one against the Turkish side has to be his best compared to those scored against Arsenal and Bolton, the power of the shot in this one is unstoppable.
4 – Manuel Negrete (Mexico v Bulgaria) – I favour this video for 4th because of the great build up play and the execution of the kick by Mexico’s Manuel Negrete in the World Cup ’86, a perfect goal to cap off a great team move.
3 – Ronaldinho (Barcelona v Villarreal) – Into the top 3 sees this superb goal by Ronaldinho, what amazes me about this goal is how he has to adjust with which leg he connects with but still manages to hit it with enough power to beat the ‘keeper.
2 – Mauro Bressan (Fiorentina v Barcelona) – You can’t help but admire this goal, probably because it’s not every day…sorry every decade that you see a bicycle kick scored from this far out! I admire the players courage to even try it from this far out but to hit it with enough accuracy to hit the target and send the goalie crashing into the post is just sensational.
1 – Trevor Sinclair (Queens Park Rangers v Barnsley) – Surprised? Probably not, you may have been expecting it. Despite the quality of Bressan’s goal in 2nd place, this one by Trevor Sinclair for QPR is NUMBER 1. Why? Again, it was another one from outside of the area but Sinclair was a perfectly executed bicycle kick with his back to goal, plus to score straight down the middle with enough pace and power to beat the Keeper makes it the best overhead kick scored in Football.
List compiled by Matt Freebody