Today marks 17 years since that Ryan Giggs goal against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi final. It’s a goal that has been analysed over and over since.
As a Spurs fan, I should take some pleasure in the goal, but part of me feels it lacks some of the magic of other “long and winding goals”. So I decided to present my top five similar efforts, including one by Giggs himself.
Number 5 – Ryan Giggs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quI_LkMj4HI
Let’s start with this, as Giggs picks it up in his own half, is mostly unchallenged until Patrick Viera makes an effort, pushes past Dixon and Keown and scores a nice finish with a shot over Seaman.
Number 4 – George Weah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDuZpma_Oxs
Slightly better as it does involve a longer run having collected it in his own penalty box, and he gets past two paltry Verona challenges before rolling it in.
Number 3 – Saeed Al-Owaira https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8w89sl7Grc
A legendary goal from an excellent tournament. He gets the ball in his own half, is generally unchallenged by the Belgian running alongside him, gets past one dizzy defender on the 18 yard line and executes a very nice finish.
Number 2 – Roberto Baggio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGUeRn5c3Tc
Often forgotten, but still excellent. The divine ponytail exchanges passes in the Czech half before he is given incredible amounts of space (for a player of his ability) and the finish is excellent. The Charlie George-esque celebration makes it extra special.
Number 1 – Diego Maradona https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY40__rBvSk
“You have to say that’s magnificent” declared Barry Davies. He gets past 3 England defenders, takes it around Shilton whilst under pressure. One of the greatest of all time.