Ranking the 16 best solo goals in Premier League history
We rank the best individual goals ever scored in the Premier League. Visit Betway's Instagram page on Thursday to vote for the one that you think is the best.
16. Darren Huckerby v Man Utd, 1997
Some of the best goals on this list feature passive defending that grants the attacking player the space to run into the box with the ball.
So the fact that Huckerby has to evade a couple of proper challenges, including one particularly violent one from Gary Neville, makes this goal so special, even if the offside Noel Whelan helps him out at the end.
15. Cesc Fabregas v Tottenham, 2011
The goal Fabregas picked as his favourite for Arsenal happened so fast that Sky’s cameras nearly missed it completely.
After Robin van Persie had opened the scoring for the Gunners, Fabregas nicks the ball almost straight from kick-off, knocks it past two Spurs players with a rare burst of pace and coolly fires it into the bottom corner.
The goal is certainly helped by being in a north London derby, but it’s a cracker nonetheless.
14. Son Heung-min v Chelsea, 2018
This goal would perhaps be remembered more fondly had Son not scored a superior solo strike almost exactly a year later.
With Spurs already 2-0 up at Wembley, the South Korean picks the ball up on the halfway line and leaves Jorginho looking like Gareth Barry at the 2010 World Cup.
He makes David Luiz looks just as silly before slotting into the bottom corner.
13. Cristiano Ronaldo v Fulham, 2007
In hindsight, it should come as no surprise that Ronaldo delivered his best when the situation demanded it of him. At the time, though, this was one of the goals that cemented him as a sensation.
With Manchester United battling Chelsea for the 2006/07 Premier League title, three points at Fulham was vital. With the game level heading into added time, Ronaldo picks up the ball in the left-back position, motors past two tackles, cuts inside and drills in a deflected effort.
12. Sofiane Boufal v West Brom, 2017
A goal befitting of a more rousing occasion than a relegation six-pointer between Southampton and West Brom.
Like Ronaldo, Boufal gains possession in an unthreatening position. But after pirouetting past three West Brom players, the pitch opens up.
He sends Craig Dawson crashing into Allan Nyom and leaves them both for dead, before cutting inside and placing the ball into the corner.
11. Eden Hazard v West Ham, 2019
Hazard, probably the best player in the Premier League in 2019, skips past both West Ham centre-backs before they’ve even noticed what is happening here.
Ryan Fredericks is the Hammers’ last line of defence, but the Belgian sees him coming and whips a shot into the far corner before the challenge arrives.
10. Son Heung-min v Burnley, 2019
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Son’s goal against Chelsea seemed sure to be the best that he would ever score for Tottenham, but this effort probably trumps it.
The South Korean has no support when he picks up the ball on the edge of his own area, so just starts running through a crowd of opponents. Though Burnley have up to six men around the ball, he surges past them all.
He proves his coolness in front of goal by lifting the ball, as was necessary, into the corner.
9. Thierry Henry v Tottenham, 2002
A goal so good they made a statue of the celebration.
Henry was unstoppable in 2002, and that was literally the case here as he picks the ball up deep inside his own half and in mere seconds was on the edge of the Spurs box.
The finish with his weaker foot is tidy, albeit helped by some atrocious defending.
8. Eden Hazard v Arsenal, 2017
With his second entry on this list, Hazard exhibits not just his nimble footwork but his strength.
He twice bounces off Francis Coquelin, before turning Laurent Koscielny round so far that the panicked Frenchman is facing his own goal long before the ball is being fired into the net.
7. Dimitri Payet v Middlesbrough, 2016
Payet had an incredible amount of memorable moments in his relatively short time at West Ham, and his goal at Middlesbrough is perhaps the best of the lot.
The control and turn on the touchline is brilliant, but the following dribble – including the little fake to put the last defender on his backside – is poetry.
6. Dalian Atkinson v Wimbledon, 1992
This incredible goal deserves more credit, and would probably receive it had it not been scored in the Premier League’s inaugural season.
Two elements of the goal are enough to constitute it being a great one alone. Atkinson is too strong and quick for Wimbledon’s entire midfield, dribbling past all of them, before substituting pace for finesse as he lobs Hans Segers from over 20 yards.
5. Matt Le Tissier v Newcastle, 1993
Le Tissier was good enough to have played for a club at the highest level, and this was yet another illustration of why.
He brilliantly sticks out a boot to flick the ball into his stride, stabs it past one defender and does a Gazza (before Gazza) over another. He can be forgiven for the slightly scuffed finish.
4. Georgi Kinkladze v Southampton, 1996
Before Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi millions rolled in, Kinkladze was arguably the most talented player in their Premier League history.
He proved as much in March 1996, when he jinked inside and outside four Southampton defenders before sitting goalkeeper Dave Beasant on the floor and lifting the ball over him.
3. Hatem Ben Arfa v Bolton, 2012
The St James’ Park crowd didn’t need to wait for Ben Arfa to score this goal to begin roaring their appreciation.
The home faithful are in raptures at Frenchman’s stunning turn past Sam Ricketts in the centre circle, and the noise crescendos as he storms at the hapless Bolton defence, brilliantly lifts the ball over his final challenger and scores a spine-tinglingly good goal.
2. Ruud Van Nistelrooy v Fulham, 2003
Van Nistelrooy was the archetypal penalty-box striker, so it’s no surprise that the beautifully-timed finish is the best element of this goal.
The run from the halfway line is a little ungainly, but powerful and skilful enough for him to surge past several challenges and open up a shooting opportunity. From there, he wasn’t missing.
1. Thierry Henry v Liverpool, 2004
The quintessential Thierry Henry goal.
It has everything – the cut inside from the left, the burst of speed and, of course, the inside-of-the-foot finish into the far corner.
The Frenchman’s magnificent strike was part of a hat-trick against Liverpool at Highbury, helped keep Arsenal’s Invincible dream alive, and is a worthy No. 1 on this list.
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