Saturday 17 November 2012

Is this the greatest goal ever?

I only saw the first half of England's friendly game against Sweden on Wednesday.

I thought I'd watch Micheal Palin's series about Brazil on BBC 1 instead. Surely nothing exciting would happen in the second half in Sweden?

Well not much except a 4 goal master class from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which he topped off with this goal above.

I only saw it the day after - my first reaction was: "You are kidding me" Unbelievable.

The skill, the technique but also the audacity to try something like that. Absolutely brilliant.

But is it the best goal ever? It's one of the best I've seen, but if I was forced to chose I will always go for Maradona's second against England in the 1986 Mexico World Cup. I never get tired of seeing it.

There are so many factors that contribute to making a goal great, one factor that makes Maradona's goal my favourite was the occasion and pressure of that game.

A quarter final in the World Cup, against England. The nation that defeated Argentina in the Falklands War only four years earlier. Maradona the world's leading player at the time, embracing that role and leading his country to World Cup triumph.

Taking nothing away from Ibrahimovic's goal, the freedom and occasion helped allow him to try something so audacious - if it didn't come off, so what nobody would remember it. Thankfully it went in and we'll be raving about it for years.

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