After Goncalves from 46 yards, what are the greatest long-range goals?

Pedro Goncalves broke Arsenal hearts with stunning 46-yard strike, but what are the greatest long-range goals of all-time? David Beckham’s stardom began from the half-way line, Xabi Alonso made it a habit and Dejan Stankovic’s technique was unmatched!

  • Pedro Goncalves added his name to the list of great long-distance goals  
  • David Beckham’s halfway line goal for Man United was an iconic part of the 90s 
  • Meanwhile Xabi Alonso and Dejan Stankovic have both done it repeatedly 

Pedro Goncalves added his name to a long list of ‘where were you?’ wondergoals on Thursday night.

The 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon player broke Arsenal hearts when he lobbed a 46-yard strike over Aaron Ramsale to equalise in the Europa League, a tie the Portuguese side eventually won on penalties.

Fans reacted to Goncalves’ goal by declaring it as a contender for goal of the season, but he is by no means the first to make memories with a great strike from distance.

From David Beckham’s iconic halfway line goal against Wimbledon which epitomised the 1990s, to the sterling work of Dejan Stankovic and Xabi Alonso, many others have made an art of scoring spectacular goals from long-range.

Here Sportsmail rounds up eight of the best goals from distance:  

Pedro Goncalves put his name on the list of great goals from distance on Thursday night

In 1996, David Beckham introduced himself to the footballing world with a remarkable goal

David Beckham – Wimbledon against Manchester United, August 17 1996

This is such an iconic part of the 1990s that it doesn’t feel like a true round-up of the decade if it doesn’t include it. 

At the beginning of the 1996-97 season, there were few who knew what David Beckham would be capable of. That changed on the opening day.

Manchester United won the ball back in the centre of the park, and it finds its way to Beckham, at the time a 21-year-old. He looks up, sees Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan off his line, and shoots from the halfway line. The rest is history. 

Man United claimed their fourth Premier League trophy that season.

Pedro Concalves – Arsenal against Sporting Lisbon, March 16 2023

Anyone watching Thursday night’s Europa League tie at the Emirates would have seen a finely poised encounter. While Arsenal took the lead on the night, and on aggregate, it took something special to bring Sporting Lisbon level again.

Pedro Concalves, 24, picks up the ball in his own half, and takes it the length of the centre circle. He’s level to it, when he doesn’t even look up. He just places it.

The ball is flighted in such a way that the back-pedaling Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale can do nothing about it. It flies in for the equaliser. Sporting win on penalties. 

It’s too early to judge whether this goal is a mark of winning the trophy, but it was a necessary piece of the Portuguese side’s progression to the quarter-finals.

Xabi Alonso – Luton Town against Liverpool, January 7 2006

Xabi Alonso was always one of those players who made great goals from distance a thing. One of the more memorable ones was his effort from 70 yards to seal an FA Cup win for Liverpool.

As reigning Champions League holders, they should have made light work of Championship Luton Town, but despite going ahead, they found themselves 3-1 behind. 

Liverpool made it 4-3 with a trio of goals in 12 minutes, and when Luton Town’s goalkeeper came forward for a stoppage time corner, it could go one of two ways. For the Reds, fortune fell their way, and Alonso was able to swerve the goalkeeper and strike along a bobbly pitch into an empty net.

Liverpool won the FA Cup that season.

Xabi Alonso (L) and Dejan Stankovic repeatedly scored great goals from long-range strikes

Dejan Stankovic – Inter Milan against Schalke, April 5 2011

Dejan Stankovic had an exceptional talent for finding the goal from distance, but this one from the Champions League quarter-finals in 2011 is a particular highlight.

In the first move of the game, the Schalke goalkeeper comes out of his box to header the ball away. Unfortunately for Manuel Neuer, it landed right at Stankovic’s feet, and he hit the sweetest volley to put the hosts ahead with 25 seconds on the clock.

Unfortunately for Stankovic, Inter Milan were unable to hold onto their very early lead, losing that leg 5-2 and eventually succumbing on aggregate to their German opponents. 

Schalke were easily dispatched in the semi-finals by Manchester United, so neither side came away with the glory from this goal, other than compilers of brilliant long-range strikes. (Thanks, Stankovic.)

Robert Pires scored a beauty against Southampton as part of their 49-game unbeaten run

Robert Pires – Arsenal against Southampton, May 7 2003

Arsenal to their credit have had some spectacular goals of their own. One of the best came in 2003, as the Gunners racked up a 6-1 win over Southampton.

Robert Pires scored a hat-trick that day, and one of those goals is rightfully placed among the best goals from distance. He took advantage of a defensive slip-up from the Saints to curl a ball into the goal.

While Arsenal only came second that season – the Invincibles came the following campaign – it was a key step in their remarkable 49-game unbeaten streak.

Xabi Alonso – Bayern Munich against Ingolstadt, September 17 2017

Xabi Alonso’s efforts from distance were legendary for Liverpool, and they continued when he moved to Bayern Munich. His strikes from far out were so enjoyable, the Bundesliga compiled four of them for their advent calendar in 2016. 

Maybe the pick of the bunch was a blistering drive from about 30 yards out against Ingolstadt. It was a well worked move, and there was nothing that Norwegian goalkeeper Orjan Nyland could do about Alonso’s low strike as it flew past him.

Bayern Munich lifted the German league title that year, as part of a decade long run of success in the Bundesliga.

Dejan Stankovic – Genoa against Inter Milan, October 19 2009 

Some names have that magic touch time and time again, like Alonso, and like Stankovic. 

On Inter Milan’s route to Serie A glory in 2009-10, Stankovic made another beauty, an instant connection to a goalkeeper’s misplaced ball, to score from 50 yards out without the ball even touching the pitch. 

Genoa were already two goals down by this point, but they definitely would have preferred Serbian to have kept his wonder-strike out of the equation.

Tom King – Cheltenham Town against Newport County, January 19 2021

The Guinness World Record for the longest goal ever scored in a competitive match is unlikely to be beaten. It was a blustery night in Cheltenham when Tom King stepped up to take a standard goal kick in a League Two fixture.

The ball went into the night sky, and travelled favourably, bouncing just in front of the opposition penalty area. It then looped up and over Cheltenham stopper Josh Griffiths, who could not prevent his opposing goalkeeper from making history.

That match finished 1-1, and Newport County went on to the playoffs, where they were denied promotion to League One by losing the final.

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