Hamit Altintop’s thunderously crisp volley against Kazakhstan earlier this week was one of the finest strikes seen for quite some time and, with a nod to The Guardian’s “Joy of Six” feature, got me thinking about some of the game’s greatest volleys.
So, without further ado, here is a selection of some of the cleanest strikes ever witnessed. If you’ve got any more suggestions then please add them in the comments at the bottom of the page.
Hamit Altintop (TURKEY v Kazakhstan, 2010)
Zinedine Zidane (REAL MADRID v Bayer Leverkussen, 2002)
Gaizka Mendieta (VALENCIA v Barcelona)
Marco van Basten (NETHERLANDS v Soviet Union, 1988)
Paul Scholes (MANCHESTER UNITED v Bradford City, 2000)
Robin van Persie (ARSENAL v Charlton Athletic, 2006)
Tony Yeboah (LEEDS UNITED v Liverpool, 1995)
Christian Maggio (NAPOLI v Livorno, 2010)
Wayne Rooney (MANCHESTER UNITED v Newcastle United, 2006)
Paolo Di Canio (WEST HAM UNITED v Wimbledon, 2000)