Winning titles is something every football fans wants to live once in their lives and when that comes along with some of the best goals you’ll see in your entire existence, things get a lot better. Reaching finals is not an easy thing as well as playing good in those matches; however, we have witnessed some of the best single-game performances by footballers in this kind of clashes, even leaving their mark on the scoreboard.
There are some finals that are remembered more for a goal than for the final outcome of it, or the teams that participated in it. Today we are going to take a look at some of the best goals scored in tournaments’ definitions that left everyone speechless for the beauty of the definition, how it was developed or even because it was surprising and no one watched them come.
Here are the 10 best goals scored in finals.
Honorable Mention: Mario Kempes’ second goal vs. the Netherlands (1978 FIFA World Cup)
10. Ronaldo’s second goal vs. Germany (2002 FIFA World Cup)
Ultimately, it was Ronaldo who stole the show and took the Brazilians to win their fifth World Cup trophy so far by scoring two goals. The second one was the most spectacular of them; when Germany was all over Brazil’s area, the South American counter-attacked and a pass by Kleberson went through Rivaldo’s leg before finding Ronaldo, who sent the ball to Kahn’s bottom corner.
9. Javier Zanetti vs. Lazio (1997/98 UEFA Cup)
What brings us here is his incredible goal that helped Inter to win that tournament. A pass to the area headed by Ivan Zamorano was viciously shot by Zanetti, who beat Lazio’s goalkeeper in one of the best goals the competition has seen.
8. Juan Roman Riquelme’s first goal vs. Gremio (2007 Copa Libertadores second leg)
He made sure to win the tournament that year and following a 3-0 win in the first leg of the final, Roman made sure to gift the club he loved a new title. Before the first third of the game, Boca started to pass the ball in the midfield until they passed it to Riquelme, who unleashed a shot that only him could have believed was going to be successful. It was indeed a good shot and Riquelme killed every hope of a comeback for his rivals with that freakish goal.
7. Carlos Alberto vs. Italy (1970 FIFA World Cup)
In a play full of dribbles, with great mobility of the ball and surgical passes, Carlos Alberto arrived in Italy’s rival to convert the fourth goal of Brazil and one of the best scores in the history of the competition, considered one of the two or three in the history of the competition.
6. Pelé’s first goal vs. Sweden (1958 FIFA World Cup)
Nevertheless, what he did during that tournament was something beyond incredible. Pelé shocked the world with his 17 years and made everybody know his name after the cup final, where he scored one of the best goals in football history, something unthinkable at that time. He lifted up the ball with his feet to escape from defenders before shooting a volley that left Swedish goalkeeper helpless.
5. Lionel Messi’s first goal vs. Athletic Club (2015 Copa del Rey)
Yes, Messi can outgrade a goal like that and he actually did back in the 2015 Copa del Rey final in front of Athletic Club. Before the 20th minute of the game, Messi took the ball on the left flank of Athletic Club, started to run and surpass rivals like they were just cones, got into the area where he dribbled more players before shooting an unbeatable ball to give Barcelona a lead they’d never lose.
4. Juan Quintero vs. Boca Juniors (2018 Copa Libertadores second leg)
A series of passes nearby Boca’s area landed on Quintero’s feet, who saw an opportunity to shoot the ball since nobody was trying to steal the ball from him. Juanfer shot and saw how the ball impacted the crossbar and entered Boca’s net, scoring the best goal in the competition that year and one of the best ones in the history of finals.
3. Mario Mandzukic vs. Real Madrid (2016/17 Champions League)
They still hoped to reach their goal even though Madrid scored the first goal. Well, Mario had an ace up his sleeve and after a series of aerial passes, Gonzalo Higuain served the ball for the Croatian striker, who controlled the ball with his chest before shooting a bicycle kick that made every Juve, and neutral fan, go crazy.
2. Gareth Bale’s first goal vs. Liverpool (2017/18 Champions League)
Things were close during a big part of the game after goals by Karim Benzema, helped by Loris Karius, and Sadio Mane. Everything pointed out that we were heading to overtime until Gareth Bale pulled out his magic and made a tie-breaker bicycle kick. Not even Bale couldn’t believe what he just did and almost a year after that, we can’t, either.
1. Zinedine Zidane vs. Bayer Leverkusen (2001/02 Champions League)
Although that game was a really interesting one, most people remember it for the things Zinedine Zidane did in that match. Madrid and Leverkusen were tied and, after a pass that seemed unreachable, Zizou did his thing and unleashed a left-foot volley to beat Hans-Jorg Butt and gave Real Madrid his 9th Champions League trophy. That game is not only the best in finals but one of the best in the history of soccer; something we will never be able to forget.