Kaka, Eto'o and Ronaldinho - The Confederations Cup's greatest 10 goals

(Left to right) Stars Kaka, Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho made our top 10 Confederations Cup goals list Source: Getty Images

The FIFA Confederations Cup is seen by some as football's forgotten tournament, but try telling the likes of Kaka, Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho that.

While Mexico's 2017 Confederations Cup campaign ended with defeat, in the third-place play-off match against Portugal, Marco Fabian will at least have one moment to savour from these finals.

In recognition of his thunderbolt strike against Germany, we look at the 10 greatest goals to have been scored in the Confederations Cup (and its predecessor, the King Fahd Cup) since its inception in 1992.

Marco Fabian: Mexico 1-4 Germany (29/06/2017)

The opening two goals in our top 10 are spectacular free-kicks in losing causes.


Trailing 3-0 in their semi-final against Germany, Fabian gave Mexico fans something to shout about with a just a minute left on the clock.

After receiving the ball from Hector Herrera, Fabian produced a remarkable strike into the top-right corner from more than 30 metres out.

Katlego Mphela: Spain 3-2 South Africa (28/06/2009)

Only three words can describe this strike - what a hit.

Mphela had already given Bafana Bafana the lead in the third-place play-off, before goals in the 88th and 89th minutes from Spain's Dani Guiza had turned the tide in dramatic fashion.

But Mphela was not done there, although few would have fancied him to force extra-time when he lined up a free-kick almost 30 metres from goal in the 93rd minute.

His response was emphatic, walloping the set-piece into the top-left corner beyond none other than Iker Casillas, who barely smelt it. Pity the hosts would go on to lose in extra-time.

Giuseppe Rossi: USA 1-3 Italy (15/06/2009)

An undoubtedly fine finish from Rossi, but this goal's place in the list is merited more to the brilliance of Andrea Pirlo.

Pirlo turned USA's Jay Demerit inside out on the left touchline with a divine piece of skill before chipping a left-footed pass to the penalty spot for the onrushing Rossi, whose finish on the half volley was technically superb.

Unfortunately, that was as good as it got for Italy, who went on to lose to Egypt and Brazil and exit at the group stage.

Kaka: Brazil 4-1 Argentina (29/06/2005)

One of the world's greatest players during the mid-2000s, Kaka produced his iconic celebration during the 2005 final after doubling his side's lead in stunning fashion.

After picking up a pass from Robinho, Kaka ignored the return run of his team-mate and instead turned and curled a sumptuous effort into the top-right corner from 20 yards, beyond a motionless German Lux.

Ludovic Giuly: France 5-0 New Zealand (22/06/2003)

France won every match en route to claiming the trophy on home soil in 2003, although none of their other victories were quite as emphatic as their opening triumph over New Zealand.

Giuly scored the fourth and finest goal of their win at Stade de France, with the winger capping off an excellent team move which included some sublime skill from Philippe Mexes.

The defender raced onto Lilian Thuram's clipped return pass before backheeling the ball into the path of Giuly, who lashed a fine volley past goalkeeper Mike Utting.

Shunsuke Nakamura: France 2-1 Japan (20/06/2003)

Nakamura's career has been littered with moments of set-piece brilliance, but his effort against the host nation in the 2003 Confederations Cup has to be among his best.

The midfielder stood over a dead ball - positioned slightly to the left of the France penalty area - and left onlookers stunned, including goalkeeper Fabien Barthez who expected him to aim a strike for the right-hand corner.

Instead, Nakamura whipped the ball over the wall and into the top corner of Barthez's side of the goal, the sheer speed and dip of the effort taking the keeper by surprise.

Samuel Eto'o: Brazil 0-1 Cameroon (19/06/2003)

Cameroon beat reigning world champions Brazil at the Stade de France as part of their commendable run to the final, where they lost to the hosts.

Their victory over Brazil was secured by a piece of brilliance from Eto'o, a then-22-year-old making waves at Real Mallorca after failing to break into Real Madrid's first team.

Centre-back Lucio misjudged a clearing header and Eto'o raced onto the ball before letting fly with a stunning half-volley from more than 20 metres out that left goalkeeper Dida helpless.

Hwang Sun-Hong: South Korea 1-0 Australia (03/06/2001)

Co-hosts South Korea missed out on the 2001 semi-finals on goal difference, but they can at least lay claim to the best strike of the tournament. 

In their final match against the Socceroos, Hwang Sun-hong netted the game's only goal in impudent style, racing onto a deflected long ball before angling a brilliant improvised volley that flew over the head of Mark Schwarzer. 

Australia had the last laugh, though, pipping South Korea to second place in the group. 

Ronaldinho: Brazil 8-2 Saudi Arabia (01/08/1999)

Ronaldinho announced himself on the world stage with his performances in Brazil's triumph at the Copa America and run to the 1999 Confederations Cup final.

Then just a 19-year-old, the forward scored in every match of the tournament in Mexico except the final and claimed both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot prizes for his efforts.

Ronaldinho's finest goal completed his hat-trick in the 8-2 semi-final rout of Saudi Arabia, after he collected a loose ball from a corner and sublimely turned into space before chipping the ball over the goalkeeper.

The skill and finish was even more impressive given that heavy rain had made the ball stick to the playing surface.

Brian Laudrup: Saudi Arabia 0-2 Denmark (08/01/1995)

Three years on from their shock European Championship win, Denmark claimed the second edition of the King Fahd Cup – the last before it became the Confederations Cup. 

The Laudrup brothers were at the heart of their success and it was Brian who lit up their group game against Saudi Arabia with the goal of the tournament. 

Laudrup, who collected the ball more than 35 metres out from goal, skipped his way beyond three challenges and bamboozled the goalkeeper with a clipped finish from a tight angle that went in off the post.

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