France lifted the 2018 FIFA World Cup title with a confident 4-2 win against Croatia. It was the second global crown for Le Bleus since 1998 when the won it on home soil. The story has changed quickly since then because UEFA Nations League is a different challenge altogether. The likes of Germany and Italy are still struggling. By the time we get to Qatar in 2022, the story might be very different too. Today, we want to recognize five legends with greatest World cup goals of all-time.
5. Carlos Alberto Goal Vs. Italy- 1970
Final Score: Brazil 4-1 Italy (Final)
This is the only team goal in the top five. The goal was what pundits call icing on the cake in the 86th minute in 1970 World Cup final between Brazil and Italy. The Samba boys captain Carlos Alberto finished the move after getting a perfect pass from Pele.
The goal involved all except two outfield players. Clodoaldo started the move, and then nine passes were completed before the final pass to the overlapping fullback who hit it the first time to the back of the net. It was the perfect ending to a great tournament by the five times winners.
4. Manuel Negrete Goal Vs. Bulgaria- 1986
Final Score: Mexico 2-0 Bulgaria (Round of 16)
Mexico thrashed Bulgaria 2-0 to reach the quarterfinals of 1986 World Cup. The match had everything but what is remembered to date is the left-footed scissor kick goal scored by Manuel Negrete to finish off a wonderful one-two exchange in the box. It was a super fast strike that ranks up there with the likes of Pele and Maradona.
3. James Rodriguez Goal Vs. Uruguay- 2014
Final Score: Columbia 2-0 Uruguay (Round of 16)
All 6 goals from the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez. pic.twitter.com/nrCuFWuLOl
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Columbia attacking midfielder James Rodriguez memories of the World Cup 2014 are good because five years ago in Brazil, he not only won the Golden Boot with six goals but also netted one of the best goals in the tournament’s history in the round of 16 against Uruguay. The midfielder controlled a headed pass with his chest then turned nicely to hammer is a thunderbolt from 25 yards. The goalkeeper could only watch it come off the crossbar and in the net as Rodriguez celebrated. It remains the only goal that won FIFA Puskas Award.