Now that we have named our top World Cup XI, we must now reflect on some of the amazing 169 goals scored throughout this World Cup.
From Cristiano Ronaldo to Yerry Mina to Dele Alli and more, there has been so many stand out goals to choose from so here are my top six goals of 2018 FIFA World Cup.
6. Argentina’s teamwork at finest
Sneaking in at number six is Gabriel’s Mercado goal for Argentina against France in last 16.
Coming from a set piece, what I liked about this goal is the fact that Mercado and Lionel Messi cleverly stretched Les Bleus, before Messi played a curler through space for Mercado to slot past Hugo Lloris.
Ultimately, what impressed me was Messi’s quality of pace in ripping the eventual champions apart to find that space to play ball back to Mercado, who had nobody around him to stop him scoring.
If want to watch that goal again, here it is below courtesy of From Stands.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo Snatch Late Equaliser vs Spain
Time running out and have a free kick to level things up? Well there is just one man for the job.
Step up Cristiano Ronaldo to curl a beauty over the wall with such control that it dips back down into top right corner.
Ronaldo’s calmness and control of delivering the ball before it dipped into goal was just exceptional and underlines why he is one of the best set piece takers around in Europe, alongside the likes of Christian Eriksen and Messi.
Want to relive that moment, here it is again, courtesy of Fun Channel.
4. Pavard’s Stunning Volley
At number four, I have gone for Benjamin Pavard’s volley to level things up for France after Mercado’s goal had put Argentina ahead.
France initially broke down left with Lucas Hernandez’s cross evading everyone in box somehow, eventually falling to Pavard.
Rather than collecting ball like most players would and taking it down right flank where had space, Pavard instead decided to unleash a furious volley with his right foot which was so amazing that it would of been daylight robbery to even try and block it.
It is quality moments like that from a defender that can win games and should he sign for Tottenham, he will be a danger for most Premier League teams now we know that he can produce moments out of nowhere.
Here is Pavard’s goal if want to relive it all over again by Best Goal of the WorldCup 2018 YouTube channel.
3. Kroos’ Screamer
We are down to the top three and in third place is Toni Kroos’ late winner for Germany against Sweden, briefly keeping their title defence alive for another game.
Out of the entire group stage alone, this goal surely is the most memorable because it just screams pure quality.
From the way Kroos passes to Marco Reus who then holds ball before the Real Madrid midfielder bends a shot into top right corner. It’s just a sensational goal that will be talked about from the group stage for decades to come.
Click below to relive Kroos’ goal all over again.
2. Trippier’s Beauty
Thought Kroos’ goal was amazing? Well Kieran Trippier’s against Croatia is even better.
For me personally, there are little words to describe just how perfect that goal was to put England initially in front of their semi against Croatia.
It had right power, dip and basically everything that you expect from a set piece 24 yards from goal.
In fact, here it is below if want to watch it all over again by Football UA.
1. Nacer Chadli steals it
My no.1 goal of tournament sums up everything great about this country’s ‘Golden Generation’ and their quality as a team.
I am of course talking about Nacer Chadli’s last gasp winner for Belgium after going 2-0 down to Japan in their last 16 clash.
To relive it all over again, please visit; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jVdO1Q5xPE
Extra time looked certain except for fact that Japan had a corner. Up stepped Thibaut Courtois to save then unleash Kevin de Bruyne on a counter attack before he then passed to Thomas Meunier down right.
Like Pavard, Meunier didn’t do what many normal right backs would try and do, instead opting to try and pass for Romelu Lukaku to score only for the striker to flick it along to Chadli who slotted it home with such simplicity.
Now that goal shows off Belgium’s teamwork, pace and most importantly, their desire when could of easily settled for another half hour after Courtois’ save.
To be perfectly honest, not many goals this summer had that level of teamwork and desire which is what made this stand out as my favourite.