The new year has been packed full of world-class goals from around the globe. These are our top 5 of 2017.
Juan Cuadrado vs. Inter Milan (5 February 2017)
Throughout the entire 2016-2017 campaign, Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado had been struggling to find minutes in an incredibly deep Juventus squad atop the Serie A. However, he got his chance just before halftime against Inter Milan, where he unleashed an unstoppable volley to put his team up 1-0.
Luis Suarez vs. Atletico Madrid (1 February 2017)
The 2016-2017 league campaign has not been going to plan for Barcelona. That being said Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez has been scorching hot. On Februrary 1st Barcelona played their first leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-final Atletico Madrid. Luis Suarez came out on fire, leaving almost half of the Atletico team chasing him as he went in on goal to score a cheeky toe poke into the bottom right corner in front of the Camp Nou.
Jeison Murillo vs. Bologna (17 January 2017)
Normally, defenders in soccer are not known for their goal-scoring prowess. However, the 24-year old Colombian proved this stereotype wrong with his beautiful bicycle kick against Bologna that would make any striker proud. Murillo’s goal gave Inter Milan the opening goal of the tie.
Olivier Giroud vs. Crystal Palace (1 January 2017)
Olivier Giroud has not had the start to the season he wanted, struggling to find a place in the starting lineup mainly due to Alexis Sanchez occupying the 9 role. However, Olivier Giroud made a strong claim at the beginning of the new year as to why he should break into the starting lineup because of his scorpion kick goal. Giroud’s goal against Crystal Palace proves just how clinical the French Striker really is.
Andy Carroll vs. Crystal Palace (14 January 2017)
There are many contenders for the top goal of the new year, but number 1 is no question. Andy Carroll has been criticized for being “past his prime”, but he proved that he still has his clinical finishing touch with this spectacular scissor kick to put his team up 2-0. The cross from teammate Mikhail Antonio was just slightly behind the English striker, but he was able to contort his body in midair to adjust and fire a rocket past keeper Wayne Hennessey.