The 10 greatest World Cup Final goals

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So the formalities are over, and the biggest stage of all awaits: the World Cup Final.

France and Croatia will do battle for the first time, with the winner taking the glory and the loser left to reflect on what might have been. It’s the ultimate test for any player, so who will step up to the plate and deliver for their country?


We’ve picked the ten greatest goals scored in the 20 finals so far; will Modric or Mbappe score a goal worthy of this list in Moscow? We’ll soon find out - in the meantime enjoy these great strikes.

10. Andres Iniesta (Spain v Holland, 2010)

A goal built from the back, originating from Spain's right-back position, it needed a few dashes of good fortune along the way to keep the move going, but when it finally reached Iniesta, the finish was emphatic. Holland had tried to spoil and kick Spain out of the tournament - and it nearly worked - but one moment of class was all it took to hand the tiki-taka masters their first World Cup.

9. Emmanuel Petit (France v Brazil, 1998)

After two Zidane headers had powered France in front against an out-of-sorts Brazil, all that was left was for Emmanuel Petit to deliver the coup de gras and, much like Tardelli's effort, this was a beautifully worked counter-attacking goal. A stylish finish from the Frenchman which sealed their first World Cup triumph.

8. Jorge Burruchaga (Argentina v West Germany, 1986)

Argentina had suffered the agony of losing a two goal lead as the West Germans fought their way back into the 1986 final. But they didn't panic, as Maradona took out three players with an utterly sublime first-time pass into the path of Jorge Burruchaga, who powered on and made no mistake against the onrushing Schumacher. Victory was theirs.

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