Last night at the FIFA awards, besides selecting the best player of the year (Messi) and 2009’s best XI, they also chose the best goal of the year, and here are the top 5, for your enjoyment –
Number 5 – Fernando Torres, Liverpool
The fantastic Spanish striker scored a beautiful goal against Blackburn, as the reds beat them 4-0 in a game that also had a fantastic Daniel Agger goal and Blackburn’s Samba (Central Defender on most days) play as striker.
Number 4 – Eliran Atar, Beni Yehoda
Yes, the Israeli league does produce fantasy goals from time to time, and young Atar’s scissor kick goal was pure class.
Number 3 – Grafite, Wolfsburg
The Brazilian has had a tough time this year, along with his teammates, but 2008-2009 was like a dream for him, as he topped the Bundesliga in scoring, and haunted Bayern’s defenders in their sleep with this amazing slalom and cheeky finish.
Number 2 – Andres Iniesta, Barcelona
One of the more controversial games in recent years, but still, no doubt about Iniesta’s goal being special, although a bit too high on this list in my opinion. Maybe it’s the importance, as his injury time goal lifted Barcelona into the Champions League Final.
Number 1 – Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid (The goal was scored when he was still with Manchester United)
Talk about your crowd silencer. That goal came from nowhere, and shows Ronaldo’s ability to score from anywhere at anytime. I liked other goals better than this one but this long range strike in the Champions League quarter final is truly a special one.