[VIDEO] Greatest Premier League goal

Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick in the Manchester derby in February 2011 has officially been voted as the greatest Premier League goal. The England international acrobatically volleyed home a beautiful cross from Nani before the 80th-minute to help Manchester United win their historic 19th league title. The award itself is the first in a series to commemorate 20 seasons of the Premier League.

Football fans from all over the world voted in the poll which Rooney’s strike collected 26% of the total votes cast. Bergkamp’s beautiful turn and finish against Newcastle came second with 19%, and Henry’s volley against United finished third on 15%. I was surprised not to have seen Di Canio’s scissor kick against Wimbledon get a mention in the top three, but that’s neither here nor there.

After receiving the award, Rooney said: “I grew up watching the Premier League so to be voted the best goal in the history of the Premier League is a great feeling. There’s so many good goals in that shortlist, goals that I watched in my living room as a kid: Alan Shearer’s goal, Paolo Di Canio’s, Tony Yeboah’s, David Beckham’s. To be competing with them and winning is a great honour for me and something I’m very proud of. I’d like to say a big thank you to all the fans that voted for me.”

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