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6 of the best bicycle kick goals

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We all know Zlatan will be featuredIf you look hard enough, great goals in football are everywhere. While 40 yard screamers and solo dribbles are nice on the eyes, the art of the bicycle kick is something truly unforgettable.Originating from South America, the bicycle kick involves having the player with his/her back to the goal, throwing him/herself backwards toward the ground while simultaneously kicking the ball over the player's head and towards the goal.Don't understand what I mean? That's okay because I shall enlighten you with six of the best bicycle kicks from the best players across the globe and by the end of this list you'll be picking your jaw up from the floor (or desk).Disclaimer: The goals that I've listed here only come from the best players in the world, so that means no Sunday league miracles or bottom division wonder goals.

#6 Peter Crouch vs. Galatasaray

Things were quite different in 2006; Cristiano Ronaldo was still at Manchester United, Liverpool were a European giant and competing in the Champions League, and Peter Crouch was a prolific goalscorer- who would have thought?

There’s no better testimony to Peter Crouch’s goal scoring ability than his screamer against Galatasaray in the Champions League. A cross comes in from the right as Peter Crouch is waiting patiently in the box (how many times have we heard that over the years?). Every Premier League fan is accustomed to Peter Crouch scoring a header from a cross, but this time was different.

As the ball approaches the lanky Englishman, the current Stoke forward leaps up facing away from the goal and hits the ball over his head and into the side netting. It was almost the perfect bicycle kick goal, scored with such great precision, power and technique that the keeper was simply rooted to the spot.

Though Crouch is the subject of much mockery today, there is no doubt that this goal remains as one of the former English international’s most prized. 

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