sport news The top 10 goals in the Premier League over the last decade

The decade has come to an end and for most people that means an opportunity to reflect and assess what has come before.

The same for us but, you know, football. Sportsmail has put together an utterly comprehensive, infallible and objective guide to the top 10 Premier League goals between 2010 and the start of 2020.

Read on to see where we've ranked the best of the best across the last 10 years of the Premier League. 

10. Luis Suarez vs Norwich City - December 2013

Luis Suarez seemed to have some sort of weird hold over Norwich while he was in the Premier League.

Whenever he came up against them he tended to bag a few - and usually at least one of them was spectacular.

During the clash with the Canaries in December 2013, Suarez hit new heights and he struck four in one game at Anfield. And his third — after 35 minutes — was the pick of the bunch.

He juggled the ball over a baffled Leroy Fer, took advantage of the other defenders backing off and then slammed a volley into the corner of the net.

It was a sublime moment in a game full of them from the Uruguayan at his absolute peak in England. 

Luis Suarez celebrates during a game in which he single-handedly downed Norwich City

Luis Suarez celebrates during a game in which he single-handedly downed Norwich City

9. Olivier Giroud vs Crystal Palace - January 2017

Olivier Giroud's New Year's resolution back in January 2017 probably had something to do with scoring goals. Strikers tend to be a bit preoccupied by them.

By the end of the first day of 2017, he had scored the best across the world over the calendar year.

It was absolutely brilliant, Giroud using his heel to scorpion kick the ball past Wayne Hennessey in the Crystal Palace net after latching onto an Alexis Sanchez cross.

It required an incredible level of athleticism and spoke for Giroud at his best — when the ball dropped to him in the area, he tended to knock it in.

No matter how unconventional the finish was, this was a moment of pure

Olivier Giroud's spectacular scorpion kick against Crystal Palace makes the top 10

Olivier Giroud's spectacular scorpion kick against Crystal Palace makes the top 10

8. Johan Elmander vs Wolves - November 2010

Go on, be honest - who expected to see Johan Elmander's name crop up on this list?

For those of you who aren't liars, time to cast your mind back to his brilliant moment of individuality away at Wolves.

The build-up play was nothing special. Instead, the ball was fed into Elmander's feet with his back to goal. He was surrounded on all sides.

Elmander took a touch with his left. He used that foot again to knock it to his right boot, then dropped his shoulder and dragged the ball around to completely throw all three defenders off his path.

The Swede then used his left again to put him in a position to shoot and then opened up his body before directing it into the far corner.

Compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic might have made more noise in the Premier League but he definitely did not have a moment like that. 

Johan Elmander's silky feet helped him score a brilliant goal against Wolves in 2010

Johan Elmander's silky feet helped him score a brilliant goal against Wolves in 2010

7. Peter Crouch vs Manchester City - March 2012

Sometimes footballers shock you. Peter Crouch is the player the 'good feet for a big man' cliche was designed for but even then, few knew he had this in his locker.

The ball flew forward and ended up being knocked down into Crouch's path by a team-mate.

He was still in no position to shoot when he skillfully controlled it in mid-air, but wrapped one of those long legs around the ball and fired it towards Joe Hart in the City net.

It curled, dipped and travelled brilliantly over the then-England goalkeeper before hitting the back of the net.

Crouch was proud afterwards. 'I think it was probably my best one. When the ball dropped, I tried to pop it up and try a volley technique. I do it a lot and practice it, though they don't always fly in like that!'

Peter Crouch said that his excellent volley against Stoke City was the best goal of his career

Peter Crouch said that his excellent volley against Stoke City was the best goal of his career

6. Robin van Persie vs Aston Villa - April 2013

Goals can be given extra value because of the context they are scored in and that applies to Robin van Persie's strike against Aston Villa.

needed a win to secure the title in the Dutchman's first season at Old Trafford and he had played a big part in dragging them there with his goalscoring record.

When they met Villa the task was simple. The way he contributed to achieving it was not.

Wayne Rooney played a long pass over the top - a planned move to find Van Persie in space behind the defence.

Van Persie's run was perfect, the pass was brilliant and he met the ball with a flying volley that rocketed into the back of the net. 

'For me, that goal was a dream,' Van Persie reflected years later. It wasn't bad for those watching either. 

Robin van Persie's volley against Aston Villa was brilliant and helped win his side win the title

Robin van Persie's volley against Aston Villa was brilliant and helped win his side win the title

5. Emre Can vs Watford - May 2017

This was just a ludicrous piece of technique that came out of absolutely nowhere.

Emre Can was not famous for his contributions in front of goal when he played for Liverpool and did not exactly leave the club with many fond memories.

Except, of course, for his strike at Vicarage Road.

A hopeful long ball up to the edge of the edge of the box seemed to be heading into his path. A reasonable man would have chested it down and tried to play someone else in.

Can did not. Instead, he timed it so he reached the ball as it arrived on the penalty spot and leapt in the air, twisting and turning to score an absolutely brilliant overhead kick.

Heurelho Gomes in the Watford net barely reacted. He can't have expected it any more than anyone else did - which is to say, not at all. 

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