Every four years, soccer fans get the chance to drool over unfathomable World Cup goals scored by the top footballers on the planet. While it’s a bit premature to identify the top goal scored at the 2014 World Cup, there have already been several goals that will compete for that title when the tournament wraps up on July 13.
The first incredible World Cup goal that had everyone staring in disbelief came courtesy of Robin van Persie, captain of the Netherlands national team and striker extraordinaire. At the 44-minute mark of the Netherlands’ June 13 match against defending champion Spain, van Persie took to the air for a full-extension header past a helpless Iker Casillas, who didn’t even bother to dive. The Netherlands went on to win the match, 5-1.
Van Persie earned the nickname “Flying Dutchman” for his efforts. Watch his spectacular goal below:
Two days later, the Netherlands was on the receiving end of an equally spectacular goal, thanks to Australia’s Tim Cahill. At the 21-minute mark of their June 15 match, Cahill’s left-footed volley rocketed off the crossbar and past goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
The Netherlands ended up winning the match 3-2, but Cahill’s strike will undoubtedly be recorded as one of the tournament’s top goals. Watch his stunning play here:
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