Part of one of the most spectacular braces you'll ever see, we felt his second edged out the first due to the unconventional finish, but the video includes both. Go on, try that down the park. See how easy it is.
5. Lionel Messi, ARGENTINA vs. Brazil
You'll all have seen this, of course. A classic Messi run, coming against your biggest rivals and disproving the old 'can he do it for Argentina without Xavi and Iniesta, though' trope.
4. Falcao, America vs. ATLETICO MADRID
Of all the many, many great goals Falcao scored this year, this was his best, and it came in a friendly. Goals of the Year does not care for such trivialities.
3. Neymar, SANTOS vs. Internacional
This goal is somewhat tempered by the fact that Neymar pretty much does this every week, but this was his best. The intent in his body language makes it - few people pick up the ball inside their own half with the determination and glint in the eye that a normal striker gets when receiving it six yards out. The finish is more remarkable than it looks - there simply doesn't appear to be time to get a pair of human feet to move that quickly.
2. Hatem Ben Arfa, NEWCASTLE UNITED vs. Blackburn Rovers
Hatem Ben Arfa is a player straight out of the 1990's Premier League, regularly scoring unbelievable goals. His similar run against Bolton could've made it too, but this was in tighter space and a better finish. Solo runs don't come much better than this.
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, SWEDEN vs. England
It had to be. It's not an original choice, but we don't care. It would've been a good goal had he simply chipped it from a standing position. To get it in from this angle was utterly stunning. And now, seven years later than everybody else, the English press finally accepts that Zlatan might be a decent player.