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Most Watched Goal Scoring Moments of FIFA World Cup History

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Football fans always expect memorable moments from their favorite football teams, be it leagues or FIFA WC. Luckily, FIFA WC always gathers the most talented and physically fit players who fight to score the most memorable goals. The following moments of pure athleticism are some of the most watched and replayed goal scoring moments at the FIFA World Cup.

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Most Watched FIFA Goals on YouTube

Sr. No Most Watched Goal in FIFA World Cup History
1 Diego Maradona – Hand of God
2 Diego Maradona – Goal of the Century
3 Mario Götze Scores Impeccable Goal in the Final
4 Andres Iniesta Scored in World Cup Final
5 Cristiano Ronaldo’s Famous Free Kick Against Spain
6 Dennis Bergkamp’s Goal Against Argentina

Diego Maradona – Hand of God

Maradona ‘Hand of God’ Goal 1986 FIFA World Cup

This is one of the most controversial goals in the history of FIFA. Maradona scored this goal during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal between Argentina and England, the same match we discussed above. This goal happened four minutes after the “Goal of the Century”.

Before scoring, Maradona received a high pass that was sent into England’s penalty area. He jumped to hit the ball with his head but instead, he extended his arm and pushed the ball with his hand. The referee missed this detail as there were no 3D renderings or as many cameras as there are today, so he awarded the goal.

This goal was later found to be incorrect, but it was not subtracted. The “Hand of God” goal gathered 18 million views on YouTube.

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Diego Maradona – Goal of the Century

Maradona Goal of the Century – Víctor Hugo Morales commentary – Argentina-England 2-1 1986

Diego Maradona, the star footballer of those times, scored a fantastic goal during the World Cup quarterfinal match between Argentina and England. It happened on June 22, 1986, in the Azteca stadium in Mexico City.

When Maradona received the ball in the 51st minute of the match, the score was tied at 0-0. He ran from inside the midfield line towards the goalkeeper. Maradona escaped the maze-like arrangement of players, including England’s goalkeeper at the time, Peter Shilton and scored a fantastic goal for his side.

It was, and still is, one of the most incredible goals in football history, recording a total of 10 million views on YouTube. This goal was also voted as the “Goal of the Century” in a poll conducted by users in 2002.

Mario Götze Scores Impeccable Goal in the Final

Mario Götze Germany vs Argentina 2014 FIFA World Cup Goal.

This goal happened in the 2014 World Cup final match between Argentina and Germany. It was scored by Mario Götze during extra time in the 113th minute.

Mario Götze controlled a long-range pass that came from the wide field area, crossing towards the centre of the field and near the opponent’s penalty area. He caught the ball with his chest and volleyed it right into the net, past Argentina’s goalkeeper, Sergio Romero.

Götze’s goal was the single goal of the match, and it secured a victory for Germany that brought home the fourth FIFA World Cup. This moment caught the attention and gathered a whopping 2.7 million views on YouTube.

Andres Iniesta Scored in World Cup Final

The famous goal of Andres Iniesta in the FIFA World Cup 2010 final between Spain and the Netherlands was scored on July 11 in Johannesburg, South Africa. It happened during extra time, in the 116th minute.

Iniesta received the ball from Cesc Fabregas close to the Netherlands’ penalty area. He dribbled past the defenders and hit the ball with a powerful shot that landed in the bottom corner of the net. This fantastic goal inspired supporters to replay it so much that it reached a total of 1.2 Million YouTube views.

This goal unleashed a wave of emotions for Spanish supporters, as it ended a series of losses at the FIFA World Cup for Spain.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Famous Free Kick Against Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo epic freekick Goal vs spain 2018 WC (portugal vs spain 3-3)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kicks are a spectacle for every football enthusiast. After measuring the ball speed, analysts found that the speed of Cristiano’s kick was as fast as 100 km/h.

Another memorable free kick by Cristiano was during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He hit a curved kick over the wall of Spanish football players into the top corner of the net.

Before this goal, the match’s score was 3-2 in favour of Spain. However, Ronaldo’s free kick in the 88th minute tied the game 3-3. Ronaldo’s fans watched this goal 694K times on YouTube.

Dennis Bergkamp’s Goal Against Argentina

Dennis Bergkamp goal in FIFA WC 1998 (HQ 4:3) with Barry Davies BBC commentary

Dennis Bergkamp’s masterpiece goal in the quarter-final match against Argentina at the 1998 FIFA World Cup still amazes all football fans. It happened at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille in the 85th minute of the match when the score was tied at 1-1.

Bergkamp received a long pass across the field from Frank De Boer and instantly fooled Roberto Ayala, Argentina’s defender, by switching directions. He then took a slightly curved shot and sent the ball into the net past goalkeeper Carlos Roa.

This goal was executed beautifully and is regarded as one of the most incredible goals ever seen at a World Cup. That’s why this goal gathered 386K views on YouTube.

Data Gathered from Experts

As you can see, each of the goals mentioned above is accompanied by data on how many cumulated YouTube views each of them gathered.

Although there are several YouTube videos for each goal, experts used YouTube analytics to get the above data. Additionally, their focus is also on the context of each team at the time of the goals.

Which World Cup Goal is Your Favorite?

All the goals mentioned above changed the course of matches through their fascinating execution. Legendary players like Diego Maradona and Andres Iniesta set the stage for the star players we have today, like Cristiano Ronaldo.

Since the Qatar World Cup just finished, we must make an honorable mention and highlight Richarlison’s fantastic scissor-kick volley in the match against Serbia. The goal he scored was the second and last one of the match, marking Brazil’s win with a score of 2-0.

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below!

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