We’re starting to miss the Premier League after another weekend of no action in the top flight. We thought we’d try and brighten the mood just a little by taking a look back and ranking the best strikes the Premier League has ever seen. From long-range efforts to stunning volleys, here’s our top 30…
30. Rod Wallace v Tottenham - April 1994
There’s been plenty of brilliant individual goals during the Premier League era, and Rod Wallace’s solo effort against Tottenham in 1994 was one of the first. The former Leeds United man beat numerous defenders on a 60-yard run before curling his shot into the top corner.
29. Emre Can v Watford - May 2017
You know there’s been some good goals in the top flight when Emre Can’s effort against Watford in 2017 comes in at 29th. The German’s outrageous bicycle kick for Liverpool rightly won the goal of the season award for the 2016/17 campaign.
28. Harry Kewell v Arsenal - May 2003
Leeds United were in a relegation battle when they travelled to second place Arsenal in 2003, and Harry Kewell’s opener stunned the Highbury crowd. He scored a brilliant half-volley past the great David Seaman from an impossible angle, which helped the Whites record an unlikely victory.
27. Steven Gerrard v Middlesbrough - April 2005
Steven Gerrard scored some brilliant goals in front of the Kop during his Liverpool career, and one of the best came against Middlesbrough in 2005. The midfielder struck an unstoppable volley from 40 yards out to send the Reds faithful wild.
26. Maynor Figueroa v Stoke City - December 2009
If you’re after long-range strikes, look no further than Maynor Figueroa’s effort for Wigan Athletic in 2009! The left-back saw Stoke City’s Thomas Sorensen off his line and launched a quick free-kick from his own half over the stranded Sorensen to stun fans all across the world.
25. Dalian Atkinson v Wimbledon - October 1992
Former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson scored one of the best goals in Premier League history during the inaugural season. He won possession in his own half and went on a mazy run through the heart of the pitch, beating three Wimbledon challenges before delicately chipping the opposition goalkeeper in front of the travelling supporters.
24. Didier Drogba v Everton - December 2006
Didier Drogba could do it all, and he’s rightly gone down as one of Chelsea’s best-ever strikers. One of his most memorable goals for the Blues came in a five-goal thriller with Everton in 2006. The Ivorian controlled the ball on his chest before unleashing an unstoppable long-range volley to seal a dramatic 3-2 win.
23. Gareth Bale v Stoke City - August 2010
Gareth Bale has scored some incredible goals during his career, and his stunning volley against Stoke City in 2010 is up there with his Champions League final wonder goal against Liverpool. The Welshman somehow managed to meet the ball on the full and generate the power to fire it right into the top corner.
22. Michael Essien v Arsenal - December 2006
Drama is guaranteed whenever Chelsea and Arsenal meet, and that was no different in 2006. Arsene Wenger was on course to defeat Jose Mourinho for the first time, with his Gunners side leading 1-0 in the closing stages at Stamford Bridge. Michael Essien rescued a point for the Blues late on when he struck a thunderous effort with the outside of his boot past Jens Lehmann.
21. Jack Wilshere v Norwich City - October 2013
Jack Wilshere’s effort against Norwich City in 2013 is arguably the best team goal in Premier League history. It was hard enough to keep up with the fast one-touch football from the Gunners as a viewer, so it’s hard to think what it must have been like for the Canaries defence!
20. Vincent Kompany v Leicester City - May 2019
There have been some vital strikes over the years in the race for the title, and one of the most recent involved an unlikely source. Everyone in the Etihad was hoping Vincent Kompany decided to pass instead of shoot against Leicester City, however, the Belgian defender decided to take it on from long range and fired an effort into the top corner. If it wasn’t for him, City could have lost the title to Liverpool.
19. David Beckham v Wimbledon - August 1996
David Beckham’s famous goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon helped the Manchester United man shoot to fame. The midfielder spotted goalkeeper Neil Sullivan off his line on the opening weekend of the 1996/97 season, and his effort meant that the goal of the season award was pretty much settled!
18. Thierry Henry v Tottenham - November 2002
It won’t come as a surprise to know that Thierry Henry features more than once on our list. His incredible solo effort goal against north London rivals Tottenham in 2002 summed up his form at that moment in time – unplayable.
17. Robin van Persie v Charlton Athletic - September 2006
Robin van Persie scored some cracking volleys during his time in the Premier League, including one for Manchester United against Aston Villa. However, his thunderous effort against Charlton Athletic in 2006 tops the lot.
16. Tony Yeboah v Wimbledon - September 1995
Tony Yeboah only scored good goals, and he struck two of the greatest the Premier League has ever seen in 1995. The former Leeds United man controlled the ball on his chest, knocked it on with his knee, took another touch to evade a Wimbledon defender before launching a missile of a shot in off the crossbar.
15. Papiss Demba Cisse v Chelsea - May 2012
Papiss Demba Cisse formed one of the best strike partnerships the Premier League has seen over the last 10 years alongside Demba Ba at Newcastle United, and Cisse’s unbelievable effort against Chelsea in 2012 stunned Stamford Bridge. His volley from an acute angle with the outside of the boot defied physics and left Petr Cech with no chance.
14. Dele Alli v Crystal Palace - January 2016
Dele Alli has proven to be a bargain for Tottenham at £5m, with the attacking midfielder scoring some brilliant goals during his time in north London. His best came back in 2016 against Crystal Palace. The Englishman managed to flick the ball up, back over his own head and volley into the bottom corner in what has arguably been the defining moment of his career to date.
13. Andros Townsend v Manchester City - December 2018
Not many players score wonder goals against Manchester City at the Etihad nowadays due to the dominance of Pep Guardiola’s side. However, Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend managed to do just that in December 2018 to leave the home crowd stunned. Roy Hodgson’s side came away with a shock 3-2 win that day, with Townsend’s outrageous left-foot volley the highlight of the afternoon.
12. Didier Drogba v Liverpool - September 2006
Didier Drogba found the back of the net on 104 occasions in the Premier League for Chelsea, and we think his effort against Liverpool in 2006 was his best. In one movement, the powerful striker managed to chest the ball down, hold off Jamie Carragher, swivel and fire in an unstoppable half-volley.
11. Eric Cantona v Sunderland - December 1996
Eric Cantona’s chip against Sunderland in 1996 is one of the most memorable during the early days of the Premier League. The effortless lob was brilliant, but it was the Frenchman’s iconic Old Trafford celebration that made it!
10. Peter Crouch v Manchester City - March 2012
Peter Crouch has scored more headed goals than any other player in Premier League history, but he showed that he could also score some outrageous efforts with his feet in 2012. The towering striker chested the ball down before firing an unstoppable volley over Joe Hart’s head for Stoke City. The only downside to the goal was that he didn’t bring out his famous robot celebration!
9. Cristiano Ronaldo v Portsmouth - January 2008
Not many free-kicks have been included in our list, however, Cristiano Ronaldo’s dead-ball strike against Portsmouth in 2008 just had to be in! The former Manchester United man got plenty of movement in the air from his strike to leave David James helpless.
8. Matt Le Tissier v Newcastle United - October 1993
Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier could always be relied on from the penalty spot, and the former attacking midfielder also produced numerous moments of individual brilliance for the Saints. One of his best goals for the club came against Newcastle United in 1993. Le Tissier flicked the ball over two onrushing Newcastle defenders before slotting the ball into the far corner in what was an extremely unique effort.
7. Wayne Rooney v Newcastle United - April 2005
Wayne Rooney revealed later in his career that he only took on his memorable volley against Newcastle United in 2005 because he was angry with the ref! Thankfully he did, with the striker nearly breaking the Old Trafford net as a result of the power he generated.
6. Alan Shearer v Everton - December 2002
The all-time Premier League goalscorer just had to be in the top 30, and Alan Shearer’s thunderous volley against Everton in 2002 was arguably his best in a Newcastle shirt! The Magpies were searching for an equaliser at St James’ Park and resorted to playing long balls to substitute Shola Ameobi. He managed to win an aerial duel which fell nicely for Shearer, who unleashed an incredible effort past the Toffees ‘keeper.
5. Thierry Henry v Manchester United - October 2000
Arsenal and Manchester United were locked in a fierce battle at the top of the Premier League over a five-year period, and whenever the two sides faced off, entertainment was guaranteed. Thierry Henry scored one of the best goals Highbury ever saw in 2000 to seal a 1-0 win for the Gunners over the Red Devils in 2000. The Frenchman’s creativity, composure, concentration and incredible technique all came into play when he flicked the ball up with his back to goal before lobbing Fabien Barthez on the volley.
4. Tony Yeboah v Liverpool - August 1995
Tony Yeboah’s first memorable strike in 1995 came against Liverpool and has gone down as one of the best goals of the 1990s. The Leeds United legend connected perfectly after the ball dropped out of the air, and his powerful volley flew into the net off the underside of the crossbar.
3. Wayne Rooney v Manchester City - February 2011
Wayne Rooney’s iconic bicycle kick against Manchester City in 2011 probably won’t be beaten in terms of great Manchester derby strikes. The United hero described his winner against City at Old Trafford as his most important of his career, and it’s hard to argue with that!
2. Paolo Di Canio v Wimbledon - March 2000
Paolo Di Canio was unpredictable during his time in England, and that’s why several fans across the world loved him! One of his best moments in the Premier League came with West Ham in 2000. The Italian laid down an early contender for goal of the century when he met a perfect cross field ball with an incredible scissor kick volley.
1. Dennis Bergkamp v Newcastle United - March 2002
That Dennis Bergkamp goal against Newcastle United in 2002 tops our list. The Dutchman created some classical moments during his 11-year stay in north London, and his effort against the Magpies summed up everything the attacker was all about. Bergkamp produced an outrageous piece of skill, back heeling the ball on the edge of the box to spin past a rather confused Newcastle defender, before keeping his cool by effortlessly slotting past Shay Given.