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The best long-range lobbed goals of all time

Daniel Feliciano
Cavani scored a wonder goal at Old Trafford
Cavani scored a wonder goal at Old Trafford / Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images
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There aren't many goals more aesthetically pleasing than a well executed lob, but they're always even better when done from a distance.

Edinson Cavani's strike for Manchester United against Fulham at Old Trafford got us reminiscing on some of the best strikes to fit that bill. We've looked back through the Premier League, Champions League and even MLS. to put together this list of long-range chips and lobs to get your eyes twinkling in amazement once again.


1. Edinson Cavani vs Fulham

This one was special - and not just because it was such a bloody good goal.

After 14 months of no fans in stadiums, it took just 15 minutes for the Old Trafford crowd to be treated to another unforgettable moment as the Uruguayan raced through on goal and drilled the ball over Alphonse Areola and into the net from 40+ yards.


2. Franceso Totti vs Inter

The legendary Italian, the king of Rome, Francesco Totti's entire career was full of memorable moments but arguably none more memorable than this.

Inside San Siro during a crucial league game, Totti picked the ball up at the halfway line, beat a couple of players and then delicately lifted the ball over Julio Cesar in goal. Poetry in motion.


3. Robert Pires vs Southampton

Arsenal's 'Invincibles' season is often remembered for the stunning form of star striker Thierry Henry, but there was another Frenchman with an eye for goal in the side by the name of Robert Pires.

The Gunners swept the Saints aside in the penultimate game of the season with a 6-1 win, thanks to hat-tricks from Jermaine Pennant and Pires.

This absolute peach was Pires' third of the game and probably the best of his career.


4. David Beckham vs Birmingham City

Not a great goalscorer, but a scorer of great goals, David Beckham always had a spectacular goal or two in his locker.

One of his lesser remembered strikes was the one above, as he was released by Juan Sebastian Veron, before lifting the ball over the Everton goalkeeper perfectly to score and seal a 2-0 win for Manchester United.


5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs England

Some things just aren't easily explained, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's technical ability while standing at 6ft 5' is one of those things.

In a friendly game against England, 'the lion' grabbed himself all four goals in a 4-2 win, but it was his ridiculous acrobatic strike that made time stand still. A long ball was cleared by Joe Hart to what he thought was safety, only for Zlatan to chase it and hit a flying bicycle kick from 45-yards out over Hart and into the net. Like something straight out of Shaolin Soccer.


6. Charlie Adam vs Chelsea

One of the purest left foots in Premier League history belongs to a Scottish midfielder named Charlie Adam, whose biggest moment came at Stamford Bridge as a Stoke player.

Adam picked the ball up deep inside his own half and just as he approached the centre circle (still in his own half), he just hit the ball as cleanly as he possibly could. As the camera panned across the pitch, it overtook Thibaut Courtois who was scrambling back and could only get a hand on it, but not prevent the ball going into the goal. Pick that one out.


7. Dejan Stankovic vs Schalke

The Champions League is the pinnacle of club football in Europe - it's where the best play the best.

During a knockout round game between Inter and Schalke, the not-yet-world-class goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was already doing his sweeper keeper stuff. A long ball over his defence meant he was forced to rush out with a diving header which sent the ball all the way back to the halfway line.

You'd think that was safe right? Nope. Think again.

Dejan Stankovic watched it all the way and caught the most precise side-volley to ping the ball right back where it came from and straight into the net. He must have a foot like a traction engine.


8. Wayne Rooney vs Orlando Fire

Wayne Rooney was so good that he can say he scored from the halfway line for three of the four clubs he played for.

He did it twice for Manchester United and once for Everton, but this effort during his time in MLS was probably the pick of the bunch.


9. Matthew Taylor vs Everton

Another player you can include in that bracket of 'scorer of great goals' is Portsmouth great Matt Taylor.

His most memorable was a stunning volley at Fratton Park against Everton, when the ball popped up in the sky after a 50-50 tackle just beyond the halfway line. He put his left foot through the ball and it launch up and over the goalkeeper before he even had a chance to react.


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