As the knockout stage of Euro 2016 gets underway, there have already been several superb goals to light up the tournament including Xherdan Shaqiri’s stunner.
Looking back on the highlight reel, there has certainly been plenty of great goals, including from the likes of Radja Nainggolan, Luka Modric and Emanuele Giaccherini to name but a few.
However, we’ve ranked our top five with importance also part of the criteria, and we’ll certainly be hoping that there are many more contenders for goal of the tournament to come.
Marek Hamsik vs Russia
Having fallen to defeat to Wales in their opening game of the tournament, Slovakia needed to bounce back against Russia.
Vladimir Weiss gave his side the lead, before Napoli ace Hamsik added a second with a stunning strike that smacked against the post before nestling into the back of the net.
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Hungary
Portugal were up against it as a defeat to Hungary would have sent them crashing out. In addition, Ronaldo was under immense pressure after firing blanks in the first two games.
He responded with two goals in their final group game, with that 3-3 draw earning Portugal a spot in the last-16. It included this wonderful effort.
Eder vs Sweden
The Italians produced a stunning win over Belgium in their first game, and needed a win over Sweden to book their place in the knockout stage.
After toiling for most of the game, Eder stepped up and produced this brilliant mazy run and finish to spark wild scenes of celebrations among the Italy ranks.
Xherdan Shaqiri vs Poland
Shaqiri had tried a similar effort in the group stage and it failed miserably. However, he had the courage and ability to give it another go.
With his side 1-0 down and facing elimination, Shaqiri stepped up and volleyed a beautiful effort into the back of the net to keep their hopes alive for extra 30 minutes before penalty heartbreak.
Dimitri Payet vs Romania
Opening game of the tournament, and the hosts were on the verge of suffering a disappointing draw against their Group A rivals.
Up steps Payet. The West Ham United playmaker produced a sensational long-range finish which arrowed into the top corner and sent the Stade de France crazy. Still the best goal of the tournament so far for many.