Spectacular goals that made 2016 memorable
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal vs Hungary, UEFA Euro 2016
In a must win game, when his side was down two goals to one, Ronaldo came up with this magical flick to even the scores. This goal also made him the only player to score in four consecutive Euros.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid vs Espanyol, La Liga 2016
What could be described as work of a genius, Ronaldo went past three defenders as if they were not even there and went for the goal from the edge of the D-box. With the help of this goal, Real Madrid went on to win the game six goals to nil.
Daniuska Rodriguez, Venezuela vs Colombia, South American U-17 Women’s Football
Daniuska scored against Colombia from a very tight angle as she dribbled past two defenders and took on the goalkeeper. The ball ended up finishing in the top right corner.
Dimitri Payet, West Ham United vs Middlesbrough, Barclays Premier League 2016
With a goal down, Payet received the ball in the left flank and went past not one or two, but five Middlesbrough defenders and drove the ball inside the goal. It was ‘magnificent’ to quote the commentator. This goal was later awarded the goal of the month and rightfully so.
Franck Ribéry, Bayern Munich vs Frankfurt, Bundesliga 2016
An outstanding overhead kick by Franck Ribery left the fans in awe, as the ball flew past the goalkeeper into the net. It was this overhead kick from the French winger that helped his side take the lead in the German league and ensured its place in the top goals of the year.
Hlompho Kekana, Cameroon vs South Africa, Africa Cup of Nations
This Puskas goal contender for 2016 came in the Africa Cup Of Nations, when Kekana scored a splendid goal from within his own half. He got the ball near the centre line and immediately went for the goal beating the keeper from a very long distance.
Lionel Messi, Argentina vs USA, Copa América Centenario 2016
Lionel Messi was on fire this Copa America and almost single handedly carried Argentina to the second consecutive finals in Copa America. Messi scored this beautiful free kick against USA to take his national team to the final of the Copa América Centenario.
Lionel Messi, Barcelona vs Espanyol, La Liga 2016
Magical Messi was at it again, this time in La Liga against Espanyol, as he scored a breathtaking free kick from 35 yards out.
Marlone , Corinthians vs Cobresal, Copa Libertadores 2016
Marlone scored this brilliant scissor kick from inside the 18-yard box leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. This goal too made the Puskas nominations.
Mohd Faiz Subri, Penang FA vs Pahang, Malaysia Super League 2016
It was the most outrageous free kick of the year, which came in the Malaysia Super League. Faiz Subri channelled his inner Papiss Cisse for Penang to hit a bending effort that was going towards one corner but ended up in the other.
Paul Pogba, Manchester United vs Swansea, Barclays Premier League 2016
Paul Pogba came to life in this Premier League match against Swansea blasting away a magnificent goal, thus justifying his wealthy price tag of £89.3 million. This goal was also voted as the ‘Premier League Goal of the Month’ for September.
Roberto Pereyra, Watford vs Leicester City, Barclays Premier League 2016
After setting up the first goal against the defending Premier League champions, Pereyra dribbled past two Leicester defenders to place the ball out of the reach of the goalkeeper in the top right corner.
Robson Kanu, Wales vs Belgium, UEFA Euro 2016
Robson Kanu came on as a substitute and pulled off a stunning goal to send Belgium out of the Euros in the quarter finals. After he got the ball from Ramsey inside the box, his magical turn helped him go past two defenders with ease before planting the ball inside the net.
Saúl Ñíguez, Atlético Madrid vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League 2016
As the two European giants met in the Champions League, Saul Niguez produced a moment of brilliance to score a fantastic solo goal. Niguez’s amazing dribble along with a very cool finish ensured that this goal was one of the best of 2016.
(Contributors: Ranojoy SenGupta, Vidur Narang)