He Shoots, He Scores: Best World Cup Goals Ever

With the World Cup kicking off today, we take a look at the best goals of all time.







Brazil v Wales 1958 - Pelé (Brazil)

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé is arguably one of the greatest footballing icons of all time. With three World Cup's under his belt in 1958, 1962 and 1970, it was his phenomenal goal against Wales in the 1958 quarter finals that will go down in sporting history as one of the most memorable goals to date.

England v Mexico 1966 World Cup - Bobby Charlton (England)

 The Manchester United Midfielder made his début for the team in 1956. A United man through and through, the life blood of The Beautiful Game flowed though his veins. Carlton held the record for most appearances for his team, until he was later surpassed by Ryan Giggs.

Brazil v Italy 1970 World Cup - Carlos Alberto (Brazilian)

If football can be described as a religion, Carlos Alberto was a defender of the faith. The Brazilian colossus of the footballing world is one of only six ambassadors of FIFA 2014 World Cup.

Scotland v Holland 1978 World Cup - Archie Gemmill (Scotland)

Scottish footballer Archie Gemmill's epic goal against the Netherlands in 1978 - one word - WOW!

England v Argentina 1986 World Cup - Maradona (Argentina)

 Not simply a player but a coach too, Maradona straddles both aspects of the footballing world. The Argentinian was voted joint FIFA Player Of The 20th Century with Pelé.

Italy v England 1990 World Cup - Totò Schillaci (Italy)

Footballs surprise success story, Salvatore Schillaci went on to score six goals in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, despite only coming on as a substitute in Italy's first game!

Saudi Arabia v Belgium 1994 World Cup - Saeed Al Owairan (Saudi Arabia)

 It was Saeed Al Owairan's 1994 goal against Belgium that guaranteed his place forever in the footballing hall of fame. Owairan's also sometimes went by the nickname of "The Maradona of the Arabs".

Ireland v Italy 1994 World Cup - Ray Houghton (Ireland)

 From player to commentator, Ray Houghton is another footballing giant who has dipped his fingers in multiple pies. The legendary Irish player excelled as a Liverpool player in the 80s, but it was his 1994 goal against Italy which brought tears of joy to his home nation.

England v Argentina 1998 World Cup - Michael Owen (England)

The England football hero has played for world class teams including Liverpool FC, CF Real Madrid, Newcastle United FC, Manchester United and Stoke City.

Holland v Argentina 1998 World Cup - Dennis Bergkamp (Holland)

 Strikers don't come much more formidable than the Dutch man. Unique as a player, he was described as the "dream partner" by fellow footballing legend Thierry Henry.

Holland v Uruguay 2010 World Cup - Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (Holland)

The former captain of the Dutch national team did his country proud in three World Cups. His stunning 2010 goal against Uruguay was a proud moment for all Dutch football fans.