Going it alone: 10 of the best ever solo goals

There’s no ‘i’ in ‘team’, but there are plenty in ‘individual brilliance’.

“I don’t give him too much information offensively. Somebody like Hatem, you have got to let them have their world – it’s his world when he has the ball.”

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew unveiled the secret behind getting the best out of a player like Hatem Ben Arfa after the Frenchman scored an absolute gem against Bolton yesterday. Give him the ball and let him do his thing.

That goal got us thinking about other memorable individual efforts. The result? This list.

George Best v Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 1981

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Diego Maradona v England, 1986

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Ronaldo v Compostela, 1996

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George Weah v Verona, 1996

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Steve McManaman v Celtic, 1997

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Michael Owen v Argentina, 1998

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Ryan Giggs v Arsenal, 1999

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic v NAC Breda, 2004

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Lionel Messi v Getafe, 2007

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Grafite v Bayern Munich, 2009

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Notable mentions: Lothar Mattheus v YugoslaviaRoberto Baggio v Napoli,  Thierry Henry v Spurs, Gareth Bale v Inter Milan (excuse the backing track).

What are your thoughts? Have we missed any?

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