2018-19 Premier League is just a couple of days away and the fans are gearing up for another season of exciting football. Will Manchester City retain the title or is it finally Liverpool’s year? Premier League has seen innumerable incidents on the pitch over the course of more than two decades.
These incidents are etched in our memories. From Gerrard’s slip to Cantona’s kung-fu kick, these incidents are simply unforgettable.
There’s never been a dull moment in the Premier League. The players have always caught the eye for either the good reasons or the bad. The English top flight has seen unbelievable goals, goal celebrations and crazy antics on the pitch which have gone to the extent of ball boys getting bullied or even physically assaulted.
#5 Owen’s winner in Manchester derby
Michael Owen’s late stoppage time winner against Manchester City was sensational in every sense. The goal tore Old Trafford’s roof apart. Manchester United supporters cherish this particular goal to this day.
Michael Owen said, “For sheer emotion and all the feelings that go with it after scoring a goal – that was right up there with the moments when you have the biggest surge of adrenaline. It was an important goal obviously. To do it so early in my United career – it was great to score and feel part of the club.”
#4 Mario Balotelli’s “Why Always Me” celebration
Mario Balotelli has made headlines wherever he has gone. Balotelli was a controversial figure during his time at Manchester City and this goal celebration sums up his life in a nutshell.
‘I did it for many reasons,’ said Balotelli. ‘But I’ll leave it for other people to figure out what it means. I’m sure people can work it out.”
“In a bad period people can talk about you and say what they want, but I am focussed on my football, my team-mates and my manager, girlfriends and my family, and what they say to me. What anyone else says is not important.”
#3 Rooney’s bicycle kick against Manchester City
Rooney’s overhead kick in Manchester Derby is undoubtedly the greatest goal scored in the history of Premier League. This unbelievable strike against Manchester City has won all the polls for the greatest goal in PL’s history.
Asked if it was his most important goal, Rooney said: “I think so. We went on to win the league that year and it was a big game for us.”
“To be honest, I just thought I’ll go for it. I wasn’t having the best game, and thankfully it’s gone into the top corner.”
#2 Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea
Steven Gerrard made every opponent fan sing his name post slip against Chelsea which effectively cost Liverpool a first PL trophy. Gerrard was so close to winning his first PL medal but he slipped and subsequently Demba Ba scored.
“The slip happened at a bad time, it was cruel for me personally,” said Gerrard. “There’s not a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think about what if that didn’t happen. Would things have been different? Would it have turned out different? Maybe it might of, I don’t know.”
Winning a Premier League medal would have been the perfect way to do justice to Gerrard’s abilities.
#1 Sergio Aguero’s title winning goal
Sergio Aguero’s title winning goal against QPR stands as the most iconic moment in the history of Premier League. Sergio Aguero wrote himself into City’s folklore with that finish and Martin Tyler’s commentary encapsulates the whole drama in a perfect fashion.
“There were two seconds when so many things were going through my head. I thought about shooting, about playing a one-two, that we were going to get a penalty, that we weren’t. Finally the moment arrived when I just had to shoot. When I scored, to be honest, I don’t remember too much of what happened. I just remember that I was so emotional that I threw my shirt off.” – Aguero, to City TV.
“It was a crazy finish to a crazy season. I have never seen a finale like this. In the history of the club, a finale like this does not exist.” – City manager Roberto Mancini.