All bicycle kicks are spectacular by their very nature, even the ones that finish with players in a heap on the floor after missing the ball, and this one was special.
This instinctive effort from Belgium captain Marc Wilmots, connecting with a ball looping back over the Japanese defence, was the highlight of his country’s efforts in 2002. Both sides would advance from the group after drawing the game 2-2, before Belgium were knocked out by Brazil in the round of 16.
Anyone who says their favourite type of goal is a team goal with 1,000 passes in the buildup is normally lying (give us a 30-yard thunder b**tard any day), but the quality of this Costa Rica effort from 1990 is undeniable. Scotland never laid a boot on them during the whole move, which is tucked away by Juan Cayasso after a lovely back heel in the box.
Jurgen Klinsmann seemed to find time in the box better than most players of his generation, and this ingenious effort from 1994 just proves how difficult he was to play against. The German forward flicks, turns and finishes before the South Korean defenders can even move. Bonus points for the kit, too, which is low-key one of the greatest ever made.
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85. Luis Fabiano, Brazil v Chile, 2010
Brazil at their most wonderfully direct. After a high clearance is nodded on and finds its way to Robinho in his pomp, Kaka slips one of the most understated first-time passes to Fabiano in this wonderful goal which often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.
With a scorching finish with the outside of the boot (more to come...) this inspired free kick is all about the misdirection. Three Peru players stood around the ball in the iconic red and white sash (one of the great World Cup kits, it must be said) and the decoy runner put enough doubt in keeper Alan Rough’s mind to ensure he wouldn’t get anywhere near it.
Most players can’t get that amount of movement in the air with the inside of their boot, never mind the outside. This outrageous effort from Ricardo Quaresma was just one of the worldies scored during the 2018 tournament, which seemed to be littered with great strikes, but the reverse angle behind the goal might be one of the most pleasing slow-motion replays of a World Cup goal ever scored.
Put your boot through it, lad. This thumping finish from one of the finest goal scorers of the 20th century came on the way to the Golden Boot in 1966, after Eusebio scored an incredible nine goals during the tournament. The Brazilian defence makes the mistake of letting the ball bounce twice in the box, and a marksman like him wasn’t going to let them get away with it.
The difference between good goals and great goals is often to do with the combination of numerous elements of skill. Take this belter from Ebbe Sand in 1998: There’s a cultured dink over the top of the Nigerian defence, a clever header around the centre back and a slotted finish past the keeper. All combine to create something special.
Yes it’s Roberto Carlos in a round-up of great goals, and you guessed it – it’s a free kick. Not even the great wall of China was enough to stop the dead-ball maestro at the 2002 tournament, as he blasted this one so hard that the keeper couldn’t even stop it at his near-side. Pick that one out.