The top 10 greatest solo goals of all time

This morning, we asked whether Ecuador Under-16 player Fabian Tello had scored the greatest solo goal of all time.

See: Is this the greatest solo goal EVER?! Fabián Tello (Ecuador U16) v Paraguay.

Tello beat 8 opposition players including the goalkeeper but there have been plenty arguing that it wasn’t that special a goal at all.

After all, the Paraguay defending was poor and it was “only against kids,” ignoring the fact that Tello is but a “kid” himself.

Nevertheless, we love a list and so decided to compile the top 10 greatest solo goals of all time to see where Tello stands alongside the all-time greats.

For the sake of clarity, solo goals are those considered to be scored by one player all on his own, thanks to individual skill and brilliance.

(We do not include free-kicks although we do love a set-piece as much as the next man.)

The list below is in order of brilliance – so feel free to disagree about that in the comments as well as the great solo goals we missed out!

1. Diego Maradona (Argentina) v England, 1986 World Cup.

2. Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) v Arsenal, 1999 FA Cup semi-final.

3. George Weah (AC Milan) v Verona, 1996 Serie A.

4. Ronaldo (Barcelona) v Compostela, 1996 La Liga.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Ajax) v NAC Breda, 2005 Eredivisie.

6. Grafite (Wolfsburg) v Bayern Munich, 2009 Bundesliga.

7. Ricky Villa (Tottenham) v Manchester City, 1991 FA Cup final.

8. Thierry Henry (Arsenal) v Tottenham, 2002 Premier League

9. Paulo Wanchope (Derby) v Manchester United, 1997 Premier League

10. Daniel Simmes (Borussia Dortmund) v Bayer Leverkusen, 1984 Bundesliga