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We asked, you answered: these are the best goals ever scored*

*According to TheScore.ie’s readers, anyway.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC’S SPECTACULAR 30-yard overhead against England mid-week got everybody thinking about one of football’s timeless — and unanswerable — questions.

What is the best goal that you have ever seen scored?

We asked you in an open thread here and this is what you came up with. So, as Dermot O’Leary might say, in no particular order:

Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands v Argentina, World Cup 1998)

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Roberto Carlos (Brazil v France, 1997)

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Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina v Serbia & Montenegro, World Cup 2006)

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Marco van Basten (Netherlands v Soviet Union, Euro 88)

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Tony Yeboah (Leeds United v Liverpool, 1995)

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And… Tony Yeboah (Wimbledon v Leeds United, 1995)

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Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen, 2002)

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Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Getafe, 2007)

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Diego Maradona (Argentina v England, World Cup 1986)

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Ryan Giggs (Manchester United v Arsenal, 1999)

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Paolo Di Canio (West Ham v Wimbledon, 2000)

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Matt le Tissier (Southampton v Newcastle, 1993)

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Dennis Bergkamp (Newcastle v Arsenal, 2002)

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Saeed Al-Owairan (Saudi Arabia v Belgium, World Cup 1994)

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Nwankwo Kanu (Chelsea v Arsenal, 1999)

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David Beckham (Wimbledon v Manchester United, 1996)

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Xabi Alonso (Liverpool v Newcastle, 2006)

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Wayne Rooney (Manchester United v Newcastle, 2005)

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Trevor Sinclair (QPR v Barnsley, 1997)

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Pavel Nedved (Juventus v Dynamo Kiev, 2002)

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Dennis Bergkamp (England v Netherlands, 1993)

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Dejan Savicevic (AC Milan v Barcelona, 1994)

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Nayim (Real Zaragoza v Arsenal, 1995)

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Eric Cantona (Wimbledon v Manchester United, 1994)

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Carlos Alberto (Brazil v Italy, World Cup 1970)

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Wayne Rooney (Manchester United v Manchester City, 2011)

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Steven Carr (Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United, 1999)

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Eric Cantona (Manchester United v Sunderland, 1996)

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Jermaine Beckford (Everton v Chelsea, 2011)

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George Weah (AC Milan v Verona, 1996)

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Peter Beardsley (England v Poland, 1991)

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John Barnes (Brazil v England, 1984)

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Mauro Bressan (AS Fiorentina v Barcelona, 1999)

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Cristiano Ronaldo (FC Porto v Manchester United, 2009)

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Michael Owen (England v Argentina, World Cup 1998)

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And a few Irish contenders… Ray Houghton (Ireland v England, Euro 88)

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Ronnie Whelan (Ireland v USSR, Euro 88)

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Alan McLoughlin (Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland, 1993)

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Robbie Keane (Ireland v Germany, 2002 World Cup)

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