Saturday, November 17, 2012

Zlatan's goal was amazing, but this one was better...

You either love Zlatan or hate him. There's no middle ground with him. Either he's absolutely brilliant or just a complete c*nt. His bicycle kick against England has gone viral and people all over the world are rightly in awe when watching the goal. The technique, the skill, the movement, the vision and particularly the arrogance to attempt such a shot means that the goal in itself is rather spectacular.


But to the people have been talking about it as the greatest goal of all-time - I say it's not. Seriously. It's not. I'd just need to show you (again for hundredth time and 26 years later) the Maradona run against England at the 1986 World Cup and you'll realize the significance of a real great goal. I'm not taking anything away from Zlatan's goal though. It was pure artistry. But not the greatest.

Think about it. He pulled that off in injury time (90th + minute) against England in a meaningless friendly game. Ask yourself: would he have tried that against Real Madrid in a Champions League match? I doubt it. This only leads to my suggestion that there is a better goal than his. Actually, there is a better bicycle kick than his.

Back in 1999-2000, Fiorentina were among the top teams in Europe. Gabriel Batistuta (legend), Abel Balbo, Enrico Chiesa, Rui Costa, Angelo Di Livio, Francesco Toldo were just a few stellar names that were key in their successes at the time. However, during the 1st group stage of the Champions League that season (because yes, there were 2 group stages at the time for the football newbies reading this), Fiorentina faced Barcelona in their final group game. They needed a draw to guarantee qualification and knock Arsenal out of the group. The game ended in a 3-3 stalemate with the Catalans which will always be remembered for this goal below. He's no Zlatan, and he was just a squad player, but Mauro Bressan pulled off what I consider as a better goal than Zlatan's - particularly given the significance of the game.



  1. and Joe Hart was off his post, and many other things that would not make it the best ever. Thank You!

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