17 things we loved this decade: Bale, Kane, Ronaldo, Wilshere, Rooney

Quick Reads

The 2010s have gone on forever, and we’ve had greater access to football’s most majestic moments than ever before.

We’ve reached the stage where the best goals from the biggest leagues are at our fingertips almost immediately, with the standout events from across the world following not far behind.

Here are some of those events which have left a real mark on us, from the start of the decade right through to the end.

Jack Wilshere

Remember when Wilshere was a key cog in a free-flowing Arsenal side? This goal came a little after his best days, but showed us everything he – and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal – were about.

 

Kenedy

We’ve seen plenty of moments of delightful skill this decade, but you still can’t beat a perfect elastico.

 

Matty Burrows

Speaking of things we hadn’t seen before…

Oscarine Masuluke

A goalkeeper scoring a bicycle kick is impressive enough, but having a pre-planned celebration for when a goalkeeper scores? That’s next-level.

Louis van Gaal

The Dutchman’s stint in charge of Manchester United was brief, but it had its memorable aspects, not least this incredibly hammy piece of acting,

 

Cristiano Ronaldo

Why would we include one of his goals when this reaction to a disallowed effort is so much better? Nani’s touch was entirely unnecessary, but at the same time might have been the most vital thing ever.

 

Wayne Rooney

This is the sort of thing we’d expect from Rooney in 2004, not a decade and a half later.

Pajtim Kasami

How on earth do you do this with your ‘wrong’ foot?

Gareth Bale

Doing this in a Champions League final should be illegal.

Julien Faubert

The best Premier League assist of the decade, just two months into the 2010s? Absolutely.

 

Santiago Vergini

We dare you to ask Vergini what he was trying to do with this. He’d probably swing at you… and then hit himself square in the face.

Stefan Frei

How? Just how?

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

The only thing better than Yeboahing one in like this is doing it at 6-0 down, when it couldn’t matter any less.

 

Fabio Quagliarella

Huntelaar’s goal wasn’t even the best consolation of the decade.

Harry Kane

No, not any of the goals he scored, but rather the one he failed to keep out…

Jonathan Pearce

Back at the 2014 World Cup, goal-line technology was supposed to make everyone’s life easier. It didn’t happen immediately, though.

Leicester City

Still the high point of the decade, and the moment that told us anything is possible. We’re still not quite sure how Leicester won the league, and frankly we don’t want to delve too deeply.


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