Football is all about that moment of magic, when you sit up and take notice of a player. It's about the rush of blood you get when you see a brilliant goal. Here on Bookiesmash, we feel the same way, and so we've gathered together some of our favorite solo goals. Take a look and see if your favorite is included!
Bale wins the Spanish Cup
Gareth Bale is a special player. Sure, he's going through some tough times with the Real Madrid fans, but just watch this from last season's Copa del Rey final, to be reminded of his athleticism and control.
Dalian Atkinson - One-Season Wonder
Aston Villa finished runners-up to Manchester United in the 1992-93 season, and had a fine side, including powerful striker Dalian Atkinson, who produced the goal of the season, according to UK Match of the Day viewers. Unfortunately Atkinson, and Villa, faded shortly afterwards, but this was his crowning moment.
Messi - The Early Years
Lionel Messi has always been special, but in his early years, as a teenager at Barcelona, he could make people recoil in astonishment. Perhaps we've learned to take him for granted - but we shouldn't, as this goal shows.
Maradona '86, the Original and Best
Most football fans known Diego Maradona's winning goal against England in the 1986 World Cup - after he'd punched the opener into the net, he produced this moment of spontaneous brilliance. But what's surprising is how much it looks like Messi's, some 2 decades later.
Ibrahomovic - Improvisational Genius
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the world's best at backheeled goals. It's possible to pick out any one of these, but we think you need to see them all - and then go out on the park pitch tomorrow and try and copy them. Ibra claims in his autobiography he did the exact same thing with videos of Brazilian footballers.
picture courtesy of fichajes.net