Top-five Fifa World Cup finals goals scored

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Mario Goetze's superb extra-time goal makes our Top 5 goals in history.

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Where does German super sub Mario Goetze's volley rank in the history of goals scored in World Cup finals?

We couldn't go past the 113th minute strike as one of the top five in the annals of sport's most famous football match. Here's how our goals of glory played out.

5. ZINEDINE ZIDANE (France vs Italy 2006)

This match would eventually go to a penalty shootout which Italy would win, but it was Zidane's spot kick in normal time that makes the list because of the sheer audacity of his approach.

The French skipper shrugged off all the pressure just seven minutes into the match to step up to the spot, send keeper Gianluigi Buffon the wrong with during his walking approach h to the ball and then gently chip it on to the underside of the crossbar for the ball to drop just over the line.

Zidane's brain-explosion head butt would later grab headlines, but the calm class of his goal should never be forgotten.

4. MARCO TARDELLI (Italy vs West Germany, 1982)

The quality of Tardelli's goal has often been overshadowed by the emotional scenes that followed Italy ending their 44-year title drought. But this was counter-attacking football at its best.

A slick turn, a cheeky back heel, a clever flick and plenty of patience in the goal area all featured before Tardelli let rip with a glorious left-footed strike from the edge of the area that left the German keeper helpless.

3.  PELE (Brazil vs Sweden, 1958)

Pele was only 17 when he became the star of this tournament in Sweden. He stamped his individual class with this stunning goal to take Brazil to 3-1.

He controlled a cross on his chest, lofted the ball over an opponent, and then got to it in time to smash it into the net on the volley. The standard had been set and Pele continued to live up to it through his storied career.

2. MARIO GOETZE (Germany vs Argentina, 2014)

This match had penalty shootout written all over it when wing Andre Schurrle turned nothing into something late in the second half of extra time.

Breaking down the left touchline, he scythed his way through the Argentina defence and slipped in a high and hopeful cross that Goetze, on as a substitute, controlled on his chest and then thumped the ball on a tight angle into the far corner of the goal with his volley. It was the only goal of the final and it was an absolute beauty.

1. CARLOS ALBERTO (Brazil vs Italy, 1970)

Fifa has awarded this strike as the most beautiful goal in World Cup history and it's hard to argue with what was a real team goal.

Striker Tostao initiated it from the left-back position and the ball passed through all but two of Brazil's outfield players.

Clodoaldo dribbled it past four Italians in his own half and living legend Pele provided the pin-point pass for Carlos Alberto to blast it home into the corner of the goal.

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