17 of the best outside-of-the-boot goals: Carlos, Quaresma, Henry, Pogba

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Roberto Carlos scores free-kick for Brazil vs France

A curler scored with the instep can be immensely satisfying viewing – but there’s something equally special, if not more so, about a goal scored with the outside of the boot.

As we have written on these pages before, giving an outside-foot kick its own name – the trivela – seems a bit much considering its often a ploy used by players who simply don’t like using their weaker foot.

But as this lot proved, the trivela can be a very beautiful thing indeed.

Roberto Carlos

The GOAT of outside-of-the-boot goals.


More Brazilian brilliance, which is a theme of this list.

Benjamin Pavard

If there ever was a stage to do it.

Ricardo Quaresma 

The Portuguese is the king of the outside-of-the-boot goal.

Ricardo Quaresma

Told you.

Paul Pogba

Sometimes fan footage is perfect to capture a goal for everything it is. Beautiful.

Nicklas Bendtner 

A strike worthy of a Lord.

Michael Essien 

You’ll never get tired of watching this.

Nolberto Solano

No wonder Bobby Robson let him get away with playing the trumpet on the phone.


What is it about Brazil full-backs and outside-of-the-boot goals?


The former Chelsea man gave this one the best possible ending.

Daniel Sturridge 

When you’re full of confidence…


This Brazilian centre-back – that’s right centre-back – scored this to rival Diego Maradona for the greatest goal scored in 1986. Swazz.

Thierry Henry

On the night he became Arsenal’s top scorer.

Jay-Jay Okocha

Okocha could score free-kicks he really shouldn’t have been able to score.


Papiss Cisse

Stamford Bridge is still stunned.

Teófilo Cubillas

A very different free-kick technique that had Scotland scratching their heads.

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