Best Goals of 2012
Many stunning goals were scored in 2012 by players for their clubs and countries . Apart from the established stars such as Messi and Ronaldo , the football world got to see beautiful goals by lesser known players . The best football goals of 2012 include:
1. Peter Crouch – Stoke City vs Manchester City
Crouch scored one of the best goals in the 2011/2012 EPL season to put his side ahead but the English champions responded through Yaya Toure to ensure that the spoils were shared .After collecting a long pass from midfield , Crouch took a touch and then volleyed the ball past Joe Hart .
2. Xherdan Shaqiri – Basel vs Luzern
Bayern Munich player and former Basel footballer Shaqiri scored a stunning bicycle kick to ensure his former side shared the points with Luzern in a Swiss Super League match . The goalkeeper could only watch as the ball flew into the net .
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic- Sweden vs England
Swedish striker was in the headlines in November for his overhead kick against England in a friendly match . With his back to the goal , Ibrahimovic lobbed the ball over Joe Hart to ensure his side beat the Three Lions.
4. Danny Welbeck – England vs Sweden
With Sweden leading and the game well into the second half , Roy Hodgson’s men needed a catalyst which came in the form of Arsenal striker Theo Walcott . After evading challenges from Sweden defenders , Walcott sent a perfect pass right into the penalty box which was directed into the net by Danny Welbeck with a back heel . England eventually won the game.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
A renowned free kick specialist , Ronaldo scored a stunning free kick against Atletico to ensure that Real got the three points . This was his and Madrid’s third and was one of the best goals in the 2011/2012 La Liga season.
6. Dalibor Veselinovic – Kotrijk vs Gent
Serbian player Dalibor was on loan from Anderlecht and he scored a stunning bicycle kick for his side against Gent in a Belgian Pro League. Though it was the only goal his team scored , it surely deserves to be included among the best in 2012.
7. Lionel Messi – Argentina vs Brazil
Messi is no stranger to scoring beautiful goals . Against Brazil in a friendly match , the Barcelona player scored a magical hat trick with one of his goals among the best seen in 2012 . After collecting the ball in midfield , Messi went on one of his mazy runs while avoiding challenges from Brazil’s defenders and right to the outside of the penalty box . He then rifled home an unstoppable shot .
8. Ramires – Barcelona vs Chelsea
With his team a man down and trailing the Catalan giants , Brazilian midfielder Ramires latched onto a pass from fellow midfielder Frank Lampard , beat defenders and chipped the ball over Victor Valdes just before half time. It not only reduced the margin but also gave Chelsea hope of staging a come back .
9. Luis Suarez- Norwich City vs Liverpool
Uruguayan striker Suarez bagged a hat trick as his team beat Norwich at Carrow Road . His third goal was spectacular and one of the best in 2012 as he hit the ball just past the midfield line catching the goalkeeper by surprise to seal of his side’s win.
10. Papiss Cisse – Chelsea vs Newcastle
A new signing from German side Freiburg , Cisse was on a hot goal scoring run when his side met Chelsea in an EPL match . After collecting a chested pass , the striker hit a thunderbolt that flew into the top corner past Petr Cech.