There are few things we love more than seeing a player have a go from the halfway line and, to the surprise of just about everyone including themselves, pull it off.
Sure, the scorers are often helped out by some questionable goalkeeping or a perfectly timed gust of wind, but that doesn’t make the goals any less impressive in our eyes.
Regardless of all other factors, finding the back of the net from that far out is still a bloody hard thing to do that requires brains, balls and some technical brilliance.
In honour of all those that have had the audacity to attempt such an effort and the few that have succeeded, we’ve put together a list of our favourite halfway line goals.
Nayim v Arsenal, 1995
With the Cup Winner’s Cup final at the Parc de Princes tied at 1-1 in the dying embers of extra time and heading to penalties, former Tottenham man Nayim stepped up and scored one of the greatest goals ever in a European final.
It was made all the sweeter by the fact it was against his former club’s arch-rival, as well. Ian Wright couldn’t believe it and nor could David Seaman, as the ball sailed over his head and he could only get his fingertips to it, unlike the trophy he now wouldn’t be able to touch.
Amongst the chaos of it all, just listen to the Zaragoza fans roar. Watch and enjoy: Nayim from the halfway line.
Nayim from the halfway line! May 10th, 1995. One of the great moments in Real Zaragoza’s history. Arsenal’s, not so much…pic.twitter.com/pG16x6DPkM
— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) May 10, 2019
Rivaldo v Atletico Madrid, 1998
Rivaldo’s Barcelona career was full of stunning goals, not least of all this one against Atletico.
A beautiful and controlled effort that flew over the keeper’s head.
It’s not even the best bit of this video, however. Nor is the celebration. No, that would be the guy in the executive seat taking a much-needed puff of his cigar. See if you can spot him.
Rivaldo´s goal from the halfway line vs Atletico Madrid, 1998. pic.twitter.com/sipT6eqGx2
— 90s Football (@90sfootball) August 17, 2020
David Beckham v Wimbledon, 1996
It’s time to stop lying to yourself and accept that David Beckham actually was a really good footballer.
Look at the way he looks up here, expertly judges the keeper’s position to perfection, and then fires it in perfectly from the halfway spot. One of the most iconic Premier League moments.
David Beckham vs Wimbledon, 1996. pic.twitter.com/cTRVnq64Ct
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