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The Spoiler Awards – Goal of the Season



We were tempted to leave this one right until the end, but we’re so bloody excited about it we’ve dived straight in.

Before we delve as deeply as we can with our 300ish word allowance, we thought we’d share with you the complex equation we’ve used to get definitely the definitive winner. Here it is…

(Quality of Strike + Quality of Opposition) x Size of the Occasion / Player Top Trump rating out of ten

Here we go…

There were loads of great goals boshed in the net in this season’s Champions League. However, probably our two favourite strikes in Europe’s sexiest club competition came from Dejan Stankovic and Lionel Messi.

Stankovic’s goal is potentially one of our favourite goals ever but, as Inter went on to lose to a Schalke team that was – as The Spoiler’s South London friends say – a bit ‘butters’, it just misses out.

Here it is anyway…

Lionel Messi’s individual goal against Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first leg was absolutely magic.  From the second he got the ball Real players were hacking the hell out of him and he barely broke his stride before slotting it past one of the best goalkeepers in the world…

We were sooooo tempted to have Messi’s goal as the winner, but we’re worried this will just turn into a Bara w*nk pit, so it ain’t.

In Britain, Gareth Bale’s volley against Stoke City at the start of the year was good (occasion lets it down though), while Dimitar Berbatov’s pitch-length-team-goal against Blackburn Rovers was also great (quality of opposition lets it down though)

So, rather boringly some might say, we’ve plumped for…


It came in a derby, it came out of nowhere and, in hindsight, it was a huge step to United winning the Premier League. After the season Rooney ‘enjoyed’, it was a thoroughly exciting moment of redemption for him.

Since that moment he at least looks like he enjoys playing football again – which has got to be worth a few extra goal points…

We’re wrong aren’t we? Bloody hell. Let us know where we buggered up below…

8 responses so far
  • JS // June 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Overrated, like most bicycle kicks.

    Messi’s was against superior opposition in a far more important game (let’s remember, ManU won the league by 9 points, not 1).

    Your w*nkpit avoidance is lousy reasoning at best.

  • PC // June 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I would have opted for Stankovic’s but glad B*rca didn’t claim it.

  • NH // June 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Van Persie’s against Barca should surely be a competitor if quality of opponent is a defining factor.

    Messi’s goal was the biz though, c’mon.

  • Richard Anderson // June 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Yea, to be honest, there may be more of a case for Messi… MAY.

    However, I remember watching Rooney’s goal in the pub and it came out of nowhere – he was rubbish for the previous XX minutes and eveyone was completely amazed by it.

    Messi suffers from being too good in a way. Actually, that’s a rubbish excuse. Basically… Oh, I don’t know.

    Maybe you’re right, MH and JS. Maybe.

    PS. Van Persie’s is definitely a shout, too.

  • clyde // June 1, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Messi’s is the right choice. Bicycle kicks are much more about luck than skill – Messi is all skill.

  • luigi cornuto // June 2, 2011 at 4:57 am

    There have been quite a lot of bicycles in the 2nd half of the season and Rooney’s isnt much different from others but the Zahavi one stands out because the player didnt use his left foot like he should have done with the ball coming from the left corner instead he used his right foot and added an extra degree of difficulty (because he didnt trust his left foot) to it.

    Was the Messi goal when RM was a player short?

    I love the its all about luck comment.
    yes, its not about skill….

  • US Chad // June 2, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Wolves’ David Jones vs. Stoke. Rid. Ic. U. Lous.
    /wolves fan

  • bobinchicago // June 3, 2011 at 12:55 am

    All beautiful. Messi.

    What band’s playing in the background on his goal?

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