In case you hadn’t seen the voting, Wayne Rooney has won the award for the mouthful that is the “Premier League goal of 20 seasons” with his overhead kick shin against city. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I had a 1/1000th of the skill that Wayne possesses, and it was a really great goal, but my issue is this: It wasn’t the best goal, It wasn’t even his best goal in my opinion (and yes, that is exactly what this is about).
Rooney’s volley against Newcastle was in my opinion a much better strike by the England talisman, he knew exactly where he wanted to put it and hit the shot as sweet as you like. The overhead kick, regardless of the sheer athleticism that went into that effort, it came off his shin, therefore, he didn’t mean it. Sure he wanted it to go in, and that was the idea (otherwise he wouldn’t have even attempted it) but by the virtue of the ball striking his shin, it could have gone anywhere.
Maybe a lot of the votes were from people who are quite young and don’t remember the feeling when they saw the other goals go in? Or all Manchester United fans? Paolo Di Canio’s outrageous scissor volley would be up there surely, and Bergkamp’s wonder goal where he span the defender the wrong way with an elaborate flick and calmly slotted it into the corner would be in contention (as it was it received 19% of the votes).
In fact I believe that the other night Papiss Demba Cissé scored probably one of the best goals physics has ever seen, and 2 of the contenders for goal of the season in the same match. I feel sorry for poor ol’ Crouchy after that. Shame the voting was already closed by this point!
I don’t want to take anything away from Rooney on this one, he scored a goal which will go down in the memory of the Premier League for years to come, and certainly as far as theatrical finishes go, it is right up there. But I have to wonder – were the people that voted it the greatest goal of the last 20 years the same people who said that Clint Dempsey shouldn’t be nominated in the team of the year?