Great scott, what a season. And in consideration of the Goal of the Year, there are a great many things to look at. For me, it all comes down to these factors:
–Quality (how good was the goal? This kinda rules out bundled-in, scrappy goals.)
–Import (how big was the moment)
–Execution (different from quality. You can have a great goal that is poorly executed.)
–Outcome (generally, but not always, a goal of the year will be a match-winner.)
We had a pigpile of them, from the Xavi-Alves-Messi one-touch trident against Malaga, to Pedro!’s half-volley from about mid pitch. But to me, the Goal of the Year was as clear as day.
That’s right, baby. BANGS with the Spanky against the EE. Let’s look at the parameters, shall we?
–Quality. Are you kidding me. That goal was absolutely beautiful, from Ibrahimovic’s part in the buildup to Alves’ pass to his thunderstrike.
–Import. In a tense, tight, unbelievably crazy match in which we could well have been down, his wonder strike was the winner, and only goal.
–Execution. This was a crazy, high-wire act of a goal. Alves had to make an unbelievable pass spot on, and Ibrahimovic had to decide how to deal with it. Perfect.
–Outcome. We won the home leg of El Clasic, in a match that came to define the Liga for us.
But there are some honorable mentions. Here are my two favorites.
Yes, this goal was crazy. Why isn’t it Goal of the Year? Circumstances. It had 3 of the 4 nailed, but we were always going to beat Maulaga.
And of course….
I never, ever get tired of watching that one. And to leave us on a high note, there’s this killer.
So there you have it. What’s your goal of the season?