With the Premier League entering a new decade, we thought it only suitable to attempt to settle the debate: what was the best top-flight goal from 2010-2019?
Some truly astonishing strikes cropped up throughout the 2010s, ranging from long-range screamers to beautifully crafted team goals. We took each of the goals that won the ‘Match of the Day Goal of the Season’ award for each campaign from 2009/10 to 2018/19 and ranked them in one of the most mouthwatering top 10s you will ever see.
10. Jack Wilshere vs West Brom (2014/15)
Honourable mentions: Charlie Adam vs Chelsea, Phil Jagielka vs Liverpool
A classic example of Arsenal fans coming out in full force on Twitter, Wilshere’s strike was impressive but nowhere near the standard of some of the other goals scored that season (see honourable mentions). Had another goal won the award, this season could well have finished higher in the rankings. Nonetheless, it was still a belting finish from Wilshere who was the only player to win ‘Goal of the Season’ twice in the last decade.
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 14, 2018
9. Jamie Vardy vs West Brom (2017/18)
Honourable mentions: Wayne Rooney vs Everton, Sofiane Boufal vs West Brom
Not dissimilar from a goal higher up on the list, Jamie Vardy’s sublime volley at the Hawthorns was a worthy winner of the 2017/18 award. It was the kind of link-up between the striker and Riyad Mahrez that had proved so fruitful for the Foxes a few seasons earlier in their astonishing title win. They may not have won the league again, but they didn’t end the season totally empty-handed.
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 5, 2019
8. Maynor Figueroa vs Stoke City (2009/10)
Honourable mentions: Didier Drogba vs Bolton, Danny Rose vs Arsenal
There can’t have been many occasions in Premier League history where someone has intentionally scored from a dead-ball situation inside their own half, but that’s exactly what Maynor Figueroa did back in 2009 in a 2-2 draw at the Britannia. Not only is the vision to see this goal quite spectacular, but the technique on show to get the power along with the trajectory is quite remarkable. A lesson for Stoke City: make sure to stand on the ball after giving away a free-kick!
Wait… From there?!
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 21, 2016
7. Robin van Persie vs Aston Villa (2012/13)
Honourable mentions: Luis Suarez vs Newcastle Utd, Gareth Bale vs West Ham
A trademark RVP strike helped Man Utd beat Villa and secure their 13th Premier League title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge. Van Persie had previous when it came to scoring volleys such as this one but this may be his finest effort – helped by the phenomenal pass supplied to him by strike partner Wayne Rooney. The Dutchman has an impressive catalogue of worldies, and this one is right up there.
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 26, 2017
6. Emre Can vs Watford (2016/17)
Honourable mentions: Olivier Giroud vs Crystal Palace, Andy Carroll vs Crystal Palace
There was some fierce competition for ‘Goal of the Season’ in 2016/17 – Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick against Palace won the Puskas award – but Emre Can came out on top with this simply outrageous effort at Vicarage Road. To even consider attempting such a strike from there is one thing, but to possess the ability to pull it off is another. This goal gets better with every viewing and it speaks volumes as to the quality of this list that it only ranks at number six.
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 23, 2019
5. Dele Alli vs Crystal Palace (2015/16)
Honourable mentions: Dimitri Payet vs Crystal Palace, Jamie Vardy vs Liverpool
If you thought Can’s effort was eye-catching, don’t you remember this effort from Dele Alli against Palace? Few expected the young midfielder to have the impact that he did when he joined Spurs from MK Dons in 2015. However, he scored 10 goals and set up eight more in his debut season, with this being the pick of the lot. It was this strike that made everyone sit up and truly realise just how good he is.
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 15, 2017
4. Vincent Kompany vs Leicester City (2018/19)
Honourable mentions: Andros Townsend vs Crystal Palace, Eden Hazard vs West Ham
It was not just the objective quality of this goal that places it so high up. It is the context: Kompany, the inspirational skipper in his final season at his beloved Manchester City, in a game which his team had to win in order to keep their title hopes alive. He had never scored from outside the box for Man City and this was his final home game for the club. It doesn’t really get any better than that. A simply iconic goal from one of the most liked players in Premier League history, who made a habit of scoring crucial goals.
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 16, 2019
3. Papiss Cisse vs Chelsea (2011/12)
Honourable mentions: Peter Crouch vs Man City, Hatem Ben Arfa vs Bolton
There was a period of about three months where Papiss Cisse was one of the best strikers in the Premier League. He and Demba Ba were near unstoppable together up front for Alan Pardew’s Newcastle as they made a Champions League push, which ultimately ended in disappointment. This goal defies any physics that you thought you knew – there is not a thing about this goal which anyone is able to explain. Even Cisse himself doesn’t seem to know what to do with himself after it hits the back of the net.
What. A. Hit. ?
— Premier League (@premierleague) January 13, 2017
2. Jack Wilshere vs Norwich (2013/14)
Honourable mentions: Pajtim Kasami vs Crystal Palace, Luis Suarez vs Norwich
Wilshere very nearly sits at the top and bottom of this list, but his beautiful goal against Norwich narrowly misses out on number one. Again, there were some sensational goals scored that season but this team effort at the Emirates deservedly came out on top. Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Wilshere make this look simply effortless, but to get every single trick and flick right all the way up to the midfielder’s calm, side-footed finish is beyond difficult. Sit back and enjoy footballing poetry.
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 9, 2017
1. Wayne Rooney vs Manchester City (2010/11)
Honourable mentions: Gareth Bale vs Stoke, Dimitar Berbatov vs Liverpool
Rooney has scored some special goals in his career, but this tops the lot as well as this list. Widely regarded as the best Premier League goal of all time, this late overhead kick gave the Red Devils a crucial win against their rivals on their way to yet another title. If any football fan could perfectly construct their dream goal, this one would be nearly exactly what they would imagine. An unbelievable moment worthy of winning any goal competition out there; shin or no shin.
Is this the best goal in #PL history?
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 10, 2018