Wayne Rooney Versus Manchester City – The Best Goal Ever? Bicycle Kicks That Might Just Change Your Mind

14 02 2011

Wayne Rooney’s goal against Manchester City was fantastic; there’s no denying that. For me (and probably most of you), it is the goal of the season so far and will most likely end up as goal of the season. But best goal of all time? Steady on. It’s not even the best bicycle kick of all time.

Step forward Mauro Bressan and Rivaldo.

First up is Bressan’s outrageous effort for Fiorentina against Barcelona in the Champions League (1999). The audacity to even attempt to score a bicycle kick from twenty-five yards is admirable enough but to actually pull it off is something else. This might just be the best bicycle kick ever scored and it will take something outstanding to beat it.

Rivaldo’s overhead kick was technically outstanding and it was made all the more special as it was scored in the 90th minute to clinch victory for Barcelona over Valencia. This strike also completed Rivaldo’s hat-trick and, most importantly, the winner ensured that Barcelona qualified for the following season’s Champions League. In terms of importance, perhaps Rivaldo’s effort was better than Bressan’s and Rooney’s. I’ll let you decide.

Honourable mention: Trevor Sinclair’s beauty for QPR.

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