6. Xabi Alonso vs Newcastle United
Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso had plenty of options when he picked the ball up just inside his own half in this Premier League clash with Newcastle, but no-one really expected him to take this one. Least of all Steve Harper…
5. Wayne Rooney vs West Ham
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian suffered a similar fate to Harper years later when, as he scrambled back towards his goal, he was unable to do anything about Wayne Rooney’s audacious effort which bounced into the net to completely silence the vast majority inside Upton Park.
4. Jose Luis Chilavert vs River Plate
Paraguay’s famous goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert wasn’t shy attempting efforts at goal, and he notched 67 strikes in his professional career. None were better than this stunning free-kick against River Plate.
3. Miralem Pjanic vs Manchester United
Bosnian international Miralem Pjanic scored this stunning effort on Saturday night in Roma’s 3-2 friendly loss to Manchester United in Denver, when his remarkable shot from over 60 yards out dropped effortlessly into the net.
2. Jonjo Shelvey vs Aston Villa
Okay, so it wasn’t strictly from his own half, but Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey deserves huge credit for this stunning strike towards the end of the last Premier League season, when Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan was beaten all ends up.
1. David Beckham vs Wimbledon
It is the iconic nature of this goal which makes it so special, as David Beckham announced himself on the world stage by sending the ball sailing over the head of Neil Sullivan and into the net at a stunned Selhurst Park. A star was born.
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