What Is the Best Goal in World Cup History?

The World Cup is the biggest stage in football, where the best players in the world come together to compete for their countries. Over the years, we have seen some incredible goals that have left us speechless.

But which goal is the best goal in World Cup history? Let’s take a look at some of the contenders:

Diego Maradona – Argentina vs England, 1986

This goal is widely considered as one of the best goals in World Cup history. Maradona picked up the ball just inside his own half and dribbled past five England players before slotting the ball past Peter Shilton. The goal was dubbed as “The Goal of the Century” and is still talked about today.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst – Netherlands vs Uruguay, 2010

Van Bronckhorst’s goal came out of nowhere and stunned everyone who saw it. The Dutch left-back picked up the ball from 35 yards out and unleashed a thunderous strike that flew into the top corner of the net. It was a moment of pure brilliance that helped his side progress to the final.

Saeed Al-Owairan – Saudi Arabia vs Belgium, 1994

Al-Owairan’s goal was a solo effort that saw him run from his own half and beat several Belgian defenders before slotting home past Michel Preud’homme. The goal helped Saudi Arabia reach their first-ever knockout stage in a World Cup.

Carlos Alberto – Brazil vs Italy, 1970

Brazil’s fourth and final goal in their 4-1 victory over Italy in 1970 is regarded as one of the best team goals ever scored. The move involved eight Brazilian players who exchanged passes before Carlos Alberto finished off with a powerful shot into the bottom corner.

Maxi Rodriguez – Argentina vs Mexico, 2006

Maxi Rodriguez’s goal came in the round of 16 match against Mexico in the 2006 World Cup. The midfielder picked up the ball on the edge of the box and hit a stunning volley into the top corner of the net. The goal was a moment of magic that helped Argentina progress to the quarter-finals.


There have been many great goals scored in World Cup history, but these five goals stand out as some of the best. Whether it’s Maradona’s solo effort or Carlos Alberto’s team goal, each one is a testament to the skill and talent that is on display at every World Cup. Which one do you think is the best goal in World Cup history?