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Better than Beckham: Wayne Rooney's wonder strike

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Premier League goal feast

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are among the winners, with Wayne Rooney scoring stunning goal from halfway.

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LONDON: Wayne Rooney took his cue from watching Manchester United predecessor David Beckham with a breath-taking 53-metre goal in his side's 2-0 victory at West Ham United on Saturday.

Beckham made his name as a United player with a goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon on the opening day of the 1996-97 season and he was in attendance at Upton Park to see Rooney score a long-range lob of his own.

Ready launch: Wayne Rooney gets set to strike for goal.

Ready launch: Wayne Rooney gets set to strike for goal. Photo: AFP

With eight minutes on the clock, Rooney outmuscled West Ham defender James Tomkins on halfway before looking up and dispatching a looping half-volley that bounced over befuddled goalkeeper Adrian and into the net.

The England striker added a second goal in the 33rd minute, which was his 212th in United's colours, taking him into third place on the list of the club's leading scorers behind Bobby Charlton (249) and Denis Law (237).

Explaining his opening goal, Rooney told Sky Sports: "It was just instinct. I turned, had a quick look and saw the keeper off the line. I've tried it many times and thankfully it went in.

Goalkeeper Adrian of West Ham looks on in vain.

Goalkeeper Adrian of West Ham looks on in vain. Photo: Getty Images

"It is up there with my best. I would not say it is my favourite, but when they come off it is great for me and the team."

Asked if he thought it was better than Beckham's famous strike, Rooney replied with a grin: "Of course, yeah."

AFP

32 comments so far

  • Pity we bother with International football when the EPL and Spanish La Liga are of such high quality. The World Cup is boring in comparison!

    Commenter
    Bonzo
    Date and time
    March 23, 2014, 1:40PM
    • Stop clowning around Bozo, there was absolutely nothing quality about that goalkeeping.

      Commenter
      Bill
      Date and time
      March 23, 2014, 6:21PM
  • Can we get the 'best dives' of the weekend next Sunday? just need to put all this professionalism into perspective.

    Commenter
    enough is enough
    Date and time
    March 23, 2014, 2:01PM
    • Watch Match of the Day, it has all the highlights of all the games....oh I get it now you are trying to be facetious...its just that that complaint is so old and boring now I didn't realise people still spouted it.

      Commenter
      Citizen N
      Date and time
      March 23, 2014, 2:28PM
    • Maybe we can look on an English site with that other global game afl and see the best "hands in the back" or the best "pretending to get rid of it with a hand ball" reel eh? maybe not though not many people have heard of it let alone watch it.

      Commenter
      The world game
      Date and time
      March 23, 2014, 3:56PM
    • Should we have best drug takers on the list too?
      Maybe take the boorish crowd?
      or Maybe stop thinking about the negatives and just relax and enjoy the goal highlights in football (i.e. soccer).

      Commenter
      Gerson
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      March 23, 2014, 4:24PM
    • Just watch Lindsay Thomas play for North.

      Commenter
      Scozza
      Location
      Melb
      Date and time
      March 23, 2014, 4:58PM
    • Ok, let's change that from dive of the week to 'Referee blunder of the week'. Can someone tell me why the Police aren't called in for the one where the Ref sends off the wrong player? Only in Soccer.

      Commenter
      enough is enough
      Date and time
      March 23, 2014, 10:06PM
    • Hahaha, so true. Football (soccer) games are so often won 1-0 or 2-1 with goals scored by diving cheats getting penalty's & free kicks far too often. Players are even commended on it sometimes by commentators. It's cheating, and one of the main reasons I stopped watching it.

      Commenter
      jeff
      Location
      NSW
      Date and time
      March 25, 2014, 3:56PM
  • Keeper made an absolute meal of that, it bounced well in front of the line which diminishes the goal's relevance in terms of historical greatness significantly.

    Commenter
    Google Journalism
    Date and time
    March 23, 2014, 2:56PM

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