FIFA World Cup 2018 was in a lot of ways the best World Cup in ages. From breathtaking matches, to last minute drama, record number of penalties (thanks to VAR) and own goals to huge upsets – the event had it all.
One more thing it did not lack was goals, and most of them were quite spectacular indeed. FIFA shortlisted 18 goals to be voted from to find out the best goal. Here we list down the 18 goals from the good to the best in our opinion.
18) Ahmed Musa (Nigeria) vs Iceland:
Nigeria’s run in the World Cup 2018 might have been short-lived, but they entertained the world nevertheless, led by none other than Ahmed Musa. The CSKA Moscow forward scored twice against Iceland to hand the Super Eagles the victory. Both goals were treat to the eyes, but the second stood out and is number 18 on our list. Running down the left wing, the 25-year old chased down a long ball from the Nigerian half and beat Kari Arnason on pace. He then went round a diving Haldorsson before calmly slotting home the ball.
17) Artem Dzyuba (Russia) vs Egypt:
Hosts Russia were one of the surprise packages of the World Cup, and they did it in style. Their star forward Artem Dzyuba scored thrice for them, but none was classier than his goal against Egypt, that saw them make the knockouts for the first time since the Soviet Split. A long ball was sent in from the Russian right back position into the penalty area, which was exquisitely trapped down by the Russian forward with his first chest touch. The Zenit striker then, took a neat touch to get it away from the onrushing defender, before finding the back of the net with his right in some style. Dzyuba’s effort makes it to number 17 in the countdown.
16) Juan Quintero (Colombia) vs Japan:
Juan Quintero was the most unlikely goal scorer for Colombia in the World Cup, but when he scored their opening goal to equalize against Japan, few could question the quality of his finish. When the organized Japanese wall looked like they will not give an inch for the Colombian to shoot through, the River Plate man amazed the world with some quick thinking. He hit the ball underneath the jumping Japanese wall, to see the ball creep into the net beyond the goalkeeper’s reach. His cheeky finish is 16th on our list.
15) Nacer Chadli (Belgium) vs Japan:
The Belgian golden generation did some justice finally, after a 3rd placed finish in Russia. They however survived a Japanese scare in the pre-quarters, before the best team goal of the tournament saw them win in the dying seconds of the game. The move started from the back after Courtois safely gathered a Keisuke Honda corner and played Kevin De Bruyne through. The Man City midfielder ran through the middle before playing Thomas Meunier onto the wings. Meunier’s cross from the right was clamly left by Romelu Lukaku and the ball fell to an unmarked Nacer Chadli. The West Bromwich Albion midfielder made no mistake in getting the job done.
14) Jesse Lingard (England) vs Panama:
England impressed all and sundry with their strong performance in the World Cup and they also scored some quality goals. Man United midfielder Jesse Lingard scored one such beauty against Panama, which is number 14 on our list. After playing a neat one two with Raheem Sterling outside the Panama penalty box, Lingard produced an awesome right footed curler that crashed into the top right corner.
13) Philippe Coutinho (Brazil) vs Switzerland:
Philippe Coutinho scored a very much Philippe Coutinho goal against Switzerland, that ranks 13th on the list. Marcelo’s cross from the left was headed out by Swiss defender Steven Zuber, but the ball fell kindly to Philippe on the edge of the box. The former Liverpool FC play-maker, took a decent first touch to set himself up, before curling in a trademark right footed shot into the top right corner.
12) Angel Di Maria (Argentina) vs France:
Angel Di Maria has always been accused of not playing upto his potential for his national side. He did his best to eradicate that feeling in 2018, and even scored a blinder against France. The PSG man received the ball from about 27 yards out from teammate Ever Banega in acres of space. After a touch each with his right and left respectively, the 30-year old hit one of the sweetest of strikes to beat Lloris from long range. His curling left footer is 12th in the hierarchy.
11) Toni Kroos (Germany) vs Sweden:
2018 World Cup was the most forgettable for the German fans after their humiliating first round exit. But one moment to take away for them was the last moment Toni Kroos winner against Sweden. With a few seconds to go in the match at 1-1, Germany received a free kick outside the penalty box, close to the corner flag. Instead of putting in a cross, Kroos played a short pass with Marco Reus who stopped the ball before the Real Madrid man hit a sudden shot to beat the Swedish Keeper. The German moment of the Cup is ranked 11th in the list.
10) Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) vs Spain:
Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the World Cup before getting knocked out in the Pre-quarters. In the very first match he scored a stoppage time hat-trick to salvage a point for Portugal. The Portuguese captain curled in a 25-odd yards free kick over the tall Spanish wall into the top corner. Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea remained rooted to the spot while being a mere spectator for the goal. The newly Juventus man’s goal commences our top 10 goals.