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This Striker Shot The Ball 15 Yards Right Of Goal. His Curve Put It In The Back Of The Net.

Samuel Eto’o and I first met in FIFA 10. I am not ashamed to say this. I was new to the game and he was really fast and could finish. It was a match made in heaven. Not to mention, that this was before I started to follow professional soccer with the eye of someone who writes about the sport for a living. Little did I know then how much of a baller Eto’o really was in real life. I didn’t know that he was on Barcelona before he won the treble for Inter. I didn’t know that he once lined up along side Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho in attack for Barcelona. I didn’t know that he scored the best curved goal of all time. I just knew he was fast and could finish (shout out to FIFA stats).

I know all of that now.

OK, you’re probably wondering about that second to last thing that I said: the best curved goal of all time. Clearly I am biased here. Eto’o and I pressed the goal button so many times in FIFA that I can’t help but think that everything he did was special. That being said, this is one of the most beautiful, inventive, just flat out cool curved goals you will ever see.

Eto’o doesn’t shoot the ball so much as he strokes it. He’s leaning back like he doesn’t have a care in the world. The ball loops over the keeper’s head and into the goal as if the whole play was thought up by a cartoonist. Even Eto’o can’t hide his childish pleasure at what he just accomplished.

best curved goal

Photo: YouTube

This video is an excerpt from a fairly old TV program documenting the top 50 Champions League goals of all time. You can watch the whole video here. It’s quite good, although you have to think that some of the goals in it would be replaced by stunners that have been scored since its release.



And before you go saying that I jumped the gun in calling this the best curved goal of all time, just know that I’ve seen quite a few. The most outrageous of them all being this looping volley from midfield that ever so effortlessly slides into the goal from about 30 yards in the air

I have also seen to many amazing compilations to count. The one that stands out the most is this one I wrote about back over the summer. I said it then and I’ll say it now: it’s 6 minutes that will leave you addicted to and inspired by the amazingness that is curved goals

Related: 6 Minutes Of The Most Amazing Curved Goals Of All Time

Best Curved Goal Of All Time

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