And The English Premier League’s Best Goal Ever Is…
The BBC Sport website broke down the 25 Premier League seasons into five periods and selected five goals from each of those periods. Readers of the website could then cast their vote for their favorite goal and the winner from each of those five periods of Premier League history were pitted against each other in a final vote for the best-ever Premier League goal.
Tony Yeboah’s Wonder Strike
First up were five beautiful goals from the 1992-93 to 1996-97 seasons. This was one of the closest votes and any of the goals would have been a worthy winner. In the end the public voted for Tony Yeboah’s wonder strike for Leeds United against Wimbledon with the Ghanian receiving 28.9 percent of the vote, beating David Beckham’s goal from the halfway line (also against Wimbledon) who won 23.7 percent of the vote, then Matthew Le Tissier’s piece of magic for Southampton against Blackburn Rovers with 20.1 percent of the votes.
Dennis Bergkamp’s Sublime Turn
The next period was 1997-98 to 2001-02 and this was easily won by Dennis Bergkamp for his amazing goal for Arsenal against Newcastle United. Bergkamp collected 50.1 percent of the votes, with his nearest rival being Paulo Di Canio who scored an absolute belter. Amazingly, Bergkamp also came third in the voting for this period for his finish against Leicester City.
Thierry Henry’s Solo Goal
Period three covered the 2002-03 to 2006-07 seasons and was won by another of Arsenal’s players. This time it was Thierry Henry who came out on top with his solo effort against North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur winning 30.8 percent of the votes. Almost winning this period was Wayne Rooney who scored a peach of a volley for Manchester United against Newcastle United and won 28.4 percent of the public’s votes.
Wayne Rooney’s Bicycle Kick
The fourth round of voting covered the 2007-08 to 2011-12 seasons and it was here that Wayne Rooney made amends for finishing second in the previous round. 41.4 percent of the votes went to Rooney’s spectacular overhead kick against Manchester City, a much deserved result. Newcastle’s Pappis Cisse’s strike from the touchline against Chelsea was also hugely popular with 34.5 percent of the votes.
Jack Wilshere’s Perfect Finish
Another Arsenal got their name in lights for the final periods of 2012-13 to 2016-17, namely Jack Wilshere, although it was a tightly fought battle. Wilshere’s strike against Norwich came in with 28.2 percent of the votes, closely followed by Robin van Persie scoring against Aston Villa with 26.9 percent and Dele Alli for Tottenham against Crystal Palace with 21.3.
And The Winner Is…
All five of those winning goals were then voted for and it was none other than Dennis Bergkamp who won the award for the best Premier League goal of all-time. The Dutchman’s sublime turn and finish against Newcastle united saw 31 percent of the votes go his way, pipping Tony Yeboah’s goal against Wimbledon by a mere two percent. Third place went to Wayne Rooney’s goal against Man City with 22 percent, Jack Wilshere with 13 percent and Thierry Henry with five percent.
Do you agree with the BBC’s reader in that Dennis Bergkamp’s goal was the greatest in Premier League history, or do you have your own favorite? Personally, as someone who was at the ground when it happened, my vote would go to Tony Yeboah’s thunderous volley against Liverpool at Elland Road. Not only was the goal pure power, the fact he hit it with his weaker right foot while under pressure makes the goal extra special.
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