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Best Premier League Boxing Day goals of all time


Boxing Day will forever be a red letter day in every football fan’s calendar, with a party of the beautiful game to frolic after our Christmas excess.

This year may not enough be the same for many of us, as we are forced to watch our beloved team from the comfort of our own home, rather than cheering them on from the stands.

But fear not – we seem to have spent the best part of the year remembering the good times, so why not take one last little trip down memory lane as we remember the greatest Premier League goals of the annual Boxing Day manna.

Boxing Day 2004 was certainly an unforgettable day for Liverpool fans, as their team demolished West Brom 5-0 at the Hawthorns.

John Arne Riise put them in their way with a thunderous left-footed strike, meeting the ball at the edge of the area as he propelled his effort with pinpoint precision into the top corner.

It’s fair to say that David Ginola didn’t make bad goals, but this one was a cracker even by his standards.

The Tottenham man picked up the ball on the right before rushing inside with his usual threat and cunning, dropping a shoulder not once, not twice, but THRICE, before settling in and to launch an unstoppable training before the desperate dive of Alec Chamberlain.

The goal put Spurs on their way with a comfortable 4-0 victory over the Hornets, who would ultimately end up at the lowest in the Premier League.

Kolo Touré, Vassiriki Diaby, Bakari Sagna
Abu Diaby helped finish a brilliant team move | Clive Mason / Getty Images

Many Arsenal fans (and neutrals for that matter) will often be lyrical about the player Abou Diaby could have been, and his goal at Villa Park in 2008 proves they are not wrong.

The injury-prone Frenchman started a fluid movement for the Gunners with great skill in his own half before handing the ball over to Emmanuel Eboue. The right-back made his way to Villa’s penalty area before slipping into Diaby, who showed all the cool in the world for the dink on emerging Brad Friedel.

Steven Defour was a bit of a puzzle to Burnley. The Belgian represented a brand signing for the newly promoted squad in 2016, but he appeared to fade after a few seasons at Turf Moor.

Nonetheless, he left them an absolute wonderful strike to remember him, placing the visitors 2-0 at Old Trafford in 2017 with a lavish free-kick.

Sean Dyche’s side would ultimately endure a frustrating afternoon, throwing a two-goal lead late and only returning to Lancashire with one point to show for their efforts.

Rooney scored a screamer in Hull in 2013 | AFP / Getty Images

Rooney never lacked a moment of magic during his time at Manchester United – well, for the most part anyway.

England’s all-time top scorer delivered a beauty on Boxing Day 2013, controlling the ball with his thigh before unleashing a piledriver in the upper right corner, as David Moyes’ men came from a goal to register a 3-2 victory over Coque.

And on another former United player who knew where the top drawer was.

Cristiano Ronaldo produced his fair share of superb free-kicks in his six years at Old Trafford, and Sunderland received one in 2007 as he powered home an unstoppable practice from the edge of the penalty area.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men beat the winners 4-0 at the Stadium of Light in a comfortable working afternoon in the North East.

Andy Cole of Blackburn Rovers and Stephane Henchoz of Liverpool
Andy Cole challenges Stéphane Henchoz from Liverpool | Gary M. Prior / Getty Images

A successful career ahead of his move to Blackburn Rovers means Andy Cole’s fate at Ewood Park is rarely mentioned, although 37 goals in two and a half years in Lancashire is a decent comeback.

The pleasure on the former Manchester United man’s face was clear to all as he silenced the Anfield crowd on Boxing Day 2002, controlling the ball in his chest before shooting past Chris Kirkland at the Kop end.

The strike was enough to secure a valuable point for the visitors, nullifying John Arne Riise’s opening goal.

For all the goal machines on our list, Cuco Martina is definitely not a man you would associate with goals, but he produced a wonderful strike to put Southampton in the lead against Arsenal in 2015.

His superb effort with the outside of his right boot is one of the most aesthetic goals you’re likely to see, and he gave his side the lead in their 4-0 shot at Arsene Wenger’s men. .

You could write Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s highlights at Manchester United on the back of a postage stamp, although it is certainly at the top of the list.

The Armenian international’s incredible scorpion kick ended the clash between United and Sunderland, as the Red Devils took a three-goal lead and secured all three points in the process on Boxing Day 2016.

And finally, our number one Boxing Day goal in Premier League history.

Trevor Sinclair wasn’t a 20-goal-per-season midfielder, but when he appeared with one goal he tended to make them special, and that effort in 2001 was no different.

The West Ham man’s acrobatic effort seemed to take everyone by surprise – including Derby goalkeeper Mart Poom – as he helped the Hammers register an emphatic 4-0 victory over the Rams.