Best World Cup Goals

Last Modified Nov 11, 2022 13:20 GMT

The FIFA World Cup has seen some spectacular goals throughout its history. Footballers around the world dream about scoring in this competition, and many have managed to do so in spectacular style. Below we have made a list of the best World Cup goals in FIFA history. It consists of long range strikes to beautiful solo goals, whether it was scored in 1970, or as recently as 2014, this list has it all.


Best World Cup Goals In FIFA History


1986 - Diego Maradona vs England

Diego Maradona's Goal of the Century.


Just minutes after scoring the controversial “Hand of God” goal, Maradona pulled out this goal of sheer genius to make the score 2-0 in the Quarter Finals game against England which helped Argentina edge a 2-1 win against their opponent.


1998 - Dennis Bergkamp vs Argentina

Dennis Bergkamp vs Argentina 1998 - The goal that shook the world


With both teams having received a red card and the score being 1-1, Dennis Bergkamp scored a goal in the 90’ of the game which can only be described as genius. Bergkamp brought the ball down with a sensational touch, took it past Roberto Ayala and then smashed it past Carlos Roa to help his team win the Quarter Final tie.


1970 - Carlos Alberto vs Italy

Carlos Alberto Goal 1970 World Cup Final


Considered as the best team goal widely across the world, this goal is a thing of beauty from the start to finish, with amazing team work throughout ending with a sublime finish by Carlos Alberto. The fact that this goal comes in a FIFA World Cup final makes it even more special.


2014 - James Rodriguez vs Uruguay

James Rodriguez Goal vs Uruguay - Best goal of world cup 2014


This goal won the 2014 Puskas award, and no one can say it did not deserve to. James Rodriguez took the ball on his chest and struck the ball with his left foot from outside the box as he watched the ball settle in the top corner of the goal after skimming the crossbar.



1998 - Michael Owen vs Argentina

GOL HISTORY #42 - Owen vs Argentina


Michael Owen announced himself on the world stage with this fantastic goal. Owen receives the ball from Beckham and immediately sets off using his pace to shrug off multiple defenders and finally finishing the move off with a sublime finish in the corner of the goal.


2006 - Maxi Rodriguez vs Mexico

Maxi Rodriguez golazo contra Mexico


Serving as the winner in extra time, this goal is one of the very best you will ever see. Maxi Rodriguez receives a long ball which he takes on his chest, following it up with a strike with his left foot from outside the penalty area which lands straight into the top corner of the goal. This goal saw Argentina beat Mexico 2-1 in extra time.


1978 - Archie Gemmill vs Holland

1978 World Cup,Archie Gemmill vs Holland


Scotland needed a hero to save their 1978 campaign. Following a loss to Peru and a draw against Iran it looked all too bleak for scotland but Archie Gemmill was not done yet. He scored a thing of beauty against Holland to make the score 3-1 and give Scotland hopes for qualification. Scotland would finally be unable to get qualification, but the goal by Archie Gemmill remains as one of the best goals scored regardless of that.


1982 - Marco Tardelli vs West Germany

Marco Tardelli - Italy World Cup Final '82


Another amazing goal scored in a World Cup final finds its way into this list. This time its Marco Tardelli with an amazing left footed strike into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, The celebration for this goal matched the goal itself and is remembered by itself.


1994 - Saeed Al Owairan vs Belgium

Saeed Al Owairan Saudi Arabia vs Belgium 1-0 First Round World Cup 1994 Dutch commentary


Saeed Al Owairan might not be famous or known around the world but his belter against Belgium in 1994 is not something we can forget. Saeed received the ball well into his half and went on a mind blowing solo run, going past almost half the Belgium team to scoe an absolute beautiful goal which will be remembered for years to come.


2010 - Giovanni Van Bronckhorst vs Uruguay

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst long shot goal vs Uruguay


This goal came out of absolutely nothing. When Giovanni Van Bronckhorst received the ball on the left flank, nothing looked on at all, but the player boldly decided to go for goal, striking the ball with all his might with his left foot and the ball soared into the top corner of the goal.


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