BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: John McGinn of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match at Villa Park on September 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

11 of the Sweetest Volleyed Goals in English Football History

Aston Villa's Scottish sensation John McGinn went viral on Saturday, after scoring one of the best volleys you'll ever see to level the scoring against Sheffield Wednesday.


The strike was so supernaturally beautiful, and so cleanly struck, that it got us appreciating once again just how satisfying it can be to watch a cleanly struck volley rip out the back of the net.


So in celebration of John McGinn, here's a breakdown of 11 comparably handsome volleys throughout English football history.

1. Pajtim Kasami (Crystal Palace 1-4 Fulham, 2013)

The 2013/14 season was a difficult one for Fulham, and ultimately ended in their relegation, but Kasami's magnificent strike to equalise against Palace - in a game they would go on to win 4-1, no less - was a rare great moment during their campaign.


Then manager Martin Jol would describe it as one of the best goals he had ever seen, and it's easy to see why. Everything about it is beautiful, from the control, to the wicked, dipping strike over the flailing keeper.

2. Tony Yeboah (Leeds United 1-0 Liverpool, August 1995)

Leeds had some memorable moments against Liverpool in the 90s, but Tony Yeboah's wonder strike in their 1-0 victory over the Reds at Elland Road will rank up there with the best of them. 


The ball comes in from the left, Rod Wallace heads it down, and out of nothing, Yeboah unleashes an absolute pearler with his right foot, dipping straight into David James' top left hand corner from all of 25 yards.

3. David Bentley (Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham, October 2008)

David Bentley came back to haunt his former side with a goal that will not only be remembered for its quality, but for the remarkable events that followed, as Arsenal and Tottenham went on to play out one of the greatest derbies ever witnessed in the Premier League.


The goal itself, though, just go and look at it. Manuel Almunia might have been disappointed to have been beaten after getting a hand to it, but the power and accuracy Bentley was able to get on it from 40+ yards was unbelievable.

4. Lilian Nalis (Leicester 4-0 Leeds, September 2003)

Lilian Nalis only ever scored one goal in the top flight of English football, and despite it coming in the same season Leicester were relegated from what was then the Premiership, it was certainly a memorable one.


Backpeddling to try and get the ball under control after a weak clearance, many expected Nalis, who had never scored for Leicester, to simply knock the ball back into the box. 


Off balance, though, he let loose with a ridiculous strike that caught the Leeds keeper completely off guard, flying across him into the top corner.

5. Peter Crouch (Stoke 1-1 Man City, March 2012)

In what many will remember as one of the best goals of the Premier League era, this one started as a characteristically 'Stoke' move, with a long ball up the park to Peter Crouch, who headed it down to Jermaine Pennant.


What was a bit more surreal, however, was when Pennant headed it back to the big man, who took it down in line with the right hand side of the box around 30 yards out, and nonchalantly hammered over Joe Hart into his far corner to put his side ahead.


It wasn't the type of goal he's known for scoring, but definitely one he will be remembered for.

6. Paolo Di Canio (West Ham 2-1 Wimbledon, March 2000)

Regarded as one of West Ham 's greatest ever goals, Di Canio's famous bicycle motion volley against Wimbledon would become one of the most iconic strikes in English football history, and one that he would become synonymous with for the remainder of his career. 


Trevor Sinclair dinked an enticing ball into the box after about 10 minutes of West Ham's FA Cup clash with Wimbledon, and just as it looked like Di Canio was about to bring the ball down, he lifted his left leg for leverage, and motored an effort across goal. The rest was history.

7. Wayne Rooney (Man Utd 2-1 Man City, February 2011)

This one needs little introduction, as it remains one of the iconic goals of the Premier League  era. 


It came in a Manchester derby in 2011, but it didn't need the stage to add to the beauty of the goal, as Rooney met a seemingly innocuous Nani cross from the right with an incredible acrobatic strike that left Joe Hart completely stranded.

8. Tugay (Blackburn 1-1 Tottenham, November 2006)

Midfielder Tugay didn't score a great lot of goals during his time with Blackburn in the 2000s, but he became one of their defining players of that era for the club. His fantastic volley against Spurs in 2006 helped to cement that.


Another one that came from a stray clearance, Tugay picked the ball out of the air as it came down from the stratosphere, and connected sweetly to send the ball back where it came from and put Blackburn into the lead. 

9. Matt Taylor (Portsmouth 2-0 Everton, December 2006)

Taylor wasn't shy of a goal, scoring 23 in 178 for Portsmouth during a successful period for the club in the 2000s, and his best one was undeniably his 40-yard volley against Everton in 2006.


The ball broke from a challenge in a central position just outside the semi circle inside the Everton half, and it sat up nicely for Taylor to masterfully catch out the despairing Tim Howard with a spectacular long range effort that would go down in Portsmouth history.

10. Paul Scholes (Aston Villa 0-3 Man Utd, December 2006)

Paul Scholes' Manchester United career was punctuated with some terrific strikes, and his thunderbolt of a volley at Aston Villa in 2006 was up there with the best of them.


Taking up his place around 10 yards outside the box during a United corner, the ball fell kindly to Scholesy, and just as there was a sense that everyone knew exactly what he was about to do, he leaned back and pulled the ripcord on perhaps the cleanest volley you will ever see, and it glided into the top corner.

11. Alex Tettey (Norwich 2-0 Sunderland, March 2014)

To round things off with the most recent inclusion on the list, Alex Tettey gave Norwich something to remember towards the end of what was an ultimately forgettable season for the club, with a spectacular volley to help them to a win against their relegation rivals at the time. 


This one seems to have been forgotten among the droves of other impressive goals on the list, but Tettey's was a unique one, galloping onto a John O'Shea clearance and thumping the ball low past Vito Mannone from 30 yards.