The Top 10 goals of 2010

Our final list of 2010, as we save the best until last, is the top 10 goals of the past 12 months.

Usually, in our weekly top goals list and in other features produced by 101gg, we usually like to sit on the fence a little, placing all the goals in chronological order and adding a “narrowly missed” section to cover ourselves.

This time, there are no extras and the list below, whilst still in chronological order, are the top 10 goals of 2010, with no ifs or buts.

If you disagree let us know in the comments below but we know goals and this is the top 10.

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1. Lionel Messi, Real Zaragoza v Barcelona, La Liga, March 21, 2010. The Barcelona number 10 has had an incredible year of banging in the goals but his second of three in this 4-2 win was the best of the lot. Messi won the ball, beat two defenders and then fired low into the bottom corner for a sensational goal.

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2. Maicon, Inter Milan v Juventus, Serie A, April 16, 2010. There were many high points for Inter during 2009/2010 but this goal set the Nerazzurri on their way to an impressive and important 2-0 victory over Juventus. Maicon’s juggling and incredible hit into the far corner marked him out as the best attacking full back in world football.

3. Linus Hallenius, Hammarby v Syrianska, Sweden Superettan, June 20, 2010. Just imagine if this goal had been scored at the World Cup! Hammarby had just taken the lead at Syrianska from the penalty spot when Linus Hallenius picked the ball up on the left side of the box. Perhaps stunned by this Marco van Basten-esque goal, there was no more scoring and Hammarby won the match 2-0.

4. Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Holland v Uruguay, World Cup semi-final, July 6, 2010. The experienced Dutch full back, in his penultimate game, cracked home the opener against Uruguay with the goal of the 2010 World Cup. Van Bronckhorst smacked the ball into the far corner with a rocket of a left foot strike that is one of the all-time great World Cup goals.

5. Matthew Burrows, Glentoran v Portadown, Northern Ireland Premiership, October 5, 2010. To set the scene Glentoran had been frustrated for much of the Northern Ireland Premiership game by Portadown as they looked to return to the top of the table. Mattie Burrows was introduced as a late substitue on 78 minutes. Forget the timing of the goal, the only goal of the game – coming in the 92nd minute, you simply have to wonder how Burrows scores a flying back heel volley from the edge of the area.

6. Jari Litmanen, FC Lahti v AC Oulo, Veikkausliiga, September 18, 2010. Remember Jari Litmanen? Well the former Ajax, Barcelona and Liverpool striker is still playing professionally at the age of 39 and by the looks of his goal today is showing no signs of slowing up. Litmanen currently plays for Finnish Veikkausliiga side Lahti and took it upon himself to score an excellent winner today in a 2-1 away win at Oulu.

7. Andrea Pirlo, AC Milan v Parma, Serie A, October 2, 2010. The 2006 World Cup winner rolled back the years with this arrow into the far corner in a 1-0 win at Parma that suggested this Rossoneri side have what it takes to challenge for the Scudetto again.

8. Dimitar Berbatov, Manchester United v Liverpool, Premier League, September 19, 2010. The moody Bulgarian scored an incredible hat-trick to give Sir Alex Ferguson’s side a terrific win over their great rivals. The second goal for Berbatov saw him beat Pepe Reina with an overhead kick that gave the Spaniard no chance despite the fact the United striker had his back to goal.

9. Sidney Sam, Bayer Leverkusen v Kaiserslautern, Bundesliga, November 7, 2010. Sam has been one of the revelations of the first half of the Bundesliga in 2010/2011 and produced a wonder volley from a high ball to score against his former club and secure a 3-1 victory.

10. Eren Zahavi, Lyon v Hapoel Tel Aviv, Champions League, December 7, 2010. Was this the greatest goal ever in the Champions League? Zahavi scored one of the finest overhead kicks seen in Europe’s premier competition in Hapoel Tel Aviv’s final group game.

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