Top 10 Goal of the season 2010/11
10 - Raul Meireles
Raul Meireles has been Liverpool's best player this season but it was his brace, and in particular, his second goal at Molineux that will stick in the memory. A long ball was played up from left-back and knocked down to the Portuguese midfielder. In an audacious attempt, the 28-year-old let fly with from 30 yards with a dipping shot which looped over the powerless Wayne Hennessey in the Wolves goal.
9 - Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez makes it into this list with the only free-kick. His wonder strike this week in the replay of the FA Cup final against Stoke was simply sensational. The combination of power (60mph) and more than 8ft of bend was unrivalled this season.
8 - Cheik Tiote
Number eight in this list is here as much for the clean strike as it was for what it signified - a Newcastle comeback against Arsenal from 4-0, back to 4-4. Cheik Tiote's dipping left-foot volley was the last of the four and fittingly completed the turnaround.
7 - Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov was prolific in front of goal before Christmas, and in no game was this epitomized better than against Liverpool at Old Trafford. The Bulgarian scored a hat-trick in the 3-2 win, but his second was the pick of the bunch. With his back to goal the United striker controled a Nani cross with his knee before acrobatically overhead kicking it off the bar and into the net.
6 - Gareth Bale
PFA Player of the Year Gareth Bale scored some wonderful goals both in Europe and domestically. His effort back in September at Stoke was arguably the best of them all. After a typically mazy run Aaron Lennon stood a ball up at the far post for the Welsh international who emphatically caught a high volley, which swerved into the far top corner.
5 - Javier Hernndez
Javier Hernandez has been a revelation this season. The Mexican scored countless important and late goals for Manchester United, which eventually helped them secure their 19th league title. With the only header is this list Chicarito inventively managed to direct the ball into the Stoke net with the ball behind him.
4 - Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri is renowned for his clever footwork and the Frenchman demonstrated this with a superb brace against Fulham at the Emirates. Both goals could have featured in this list, but it is his second we have picked out as the superior effort. The 23-year-old skipped past three defenders, before rounding the on-rushing Mark Schwarzer. With his angle narrowing Nasri swiveled nearly full circle and scored from an improbable angle.
3 - Luke Varney
Luke Varney scored an absolute screamer in the third minute of Blackpool's match against Wolves. The striker found himself out wide on the left, chested the ball down and let fly with a thunderbolt into the far top corner. Wolves keeper Marcus Hahnemann could only watch the ball dip over him and under the bar.
2 - Johan Elmander
Bolton's Johan Elmander showed his class with his neat close control at Molineux. The burly Swedish forward twisted and turned in the box mesmerising the Wolves defence before opening up his body and passing the ball off the inside of the far post.
1 - Wayne Rooney
There could only be one Goal of the Season and there are no surprises as to which it is. Wayne Rooney's overhead kick against rivals Manchester City was by far the most athletic and pure strike of all the 1031 goals this season. At this point the England forward was supposedly out of form and hapless in front of goal. With the match all square at 1-1, Nani's deflected cross from the right looped into the City box and Rooney, with his back to goal, leapt into the air and scored a goal that Pele in Escape To Victory would have been proud of. Simply superb.
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