Golazo! 12 of the Best Strikes From This Summer's Pre-Season Friendlies
Pre-season fixtures are about getting back to match fitness, sneaking a peek at new signings and scaling the globe for marketing opportunities. However, amidst all the (un)competitive nature of the weeks leading up to the start of the season, a number of incredible goals have been scored.
With some of the world's biggest sides on show and their most dazzling stars always keen to impress, here are 12 of the best goals from this summer's pre-season friendlies...
1. Christian Eriksen
Match: PSG 2-4 Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs took on Ligue 1 giants PSG at Orlando's Camping World Stadium in the International Champions Cup and Danish playmaker drew his side level with a rocket of a shot from way outside the area.
2. Hakan Calhanoglu
Match: Bayern Munich 0-4 AC Milan
With their new signings firing on all cylinders, I Rossoneri took apart Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in China and the pick of their four goals was the fourth; which came courtesy of Hakan Calhanoglu, who finished a wonderful team goal.
Match: Juventus 1-2 Barcelona
Neymar scored a brace as Barcelona took revenge on their Champions League quarter-finals conquerors from last season and the Brazilian, linked heavily with a move to PSG, showed exactly why he could become the world's most expensive player with an outrageous solo goal.
4. Alex Iwobi
Match: Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal (Arsenal won 3-2 on penalties)
Starting the move himself by dispossessing Bayern's Renato Sanches deep inside his own half, Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi drove almost the full length of the pitch before connecting with Mesut Ozil's cross to take the game into a penalty shootout.
Match: Schalke 1-1 Inter Milan
Yet another Golazo from the International Champions Cup when Schalke took on Inter Milan
6. Vlad Chiriches
Match: Trento 0-7 Napoli
Speaking of defenders scoring absolute worldies, Napoli's Vlad Chiriches hit the back of the net from inside his own half as the Serie A giants took on minnows Trento. The ex-Spurs flop looked overjoyed as his teammates celebrated in what was a routine win.
7. Philippe Coutinho
Match: Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City
Philippe Coutinho had already delivered an audacious assist to Mohamed Salah for the Reds' opener in their Premier League Asia Trophy final win over Leicester City, but he made sure to grab the winner too, in spectacular fashion.
8. Wayne Rooney
Match: Gor Mahia 1-2 Everton
Just 34 minutes into his second Everton debut Wayne Rooney produced the goods with a long-range screamer as the Toffees disposed of Gor Mahia as part of their pre-season travels to Tanzania.
9. Thomas Muller
Match: Chelsea 2-3 Bayern Munich
Bayern raced into a 3-0 lead inside the first half of the International Champions Cup fixture with Chelsea and Thomas Muller's second of the night was especially impressive, as the Blues' defence backed off the German international.
10. Michy Batshuayi
Match: Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal
Marcos Alonso deserves as much credit as Batshuayi for the goal, following his great work down the left, but it was the Belgian striker who finished the move, utilising his 'weaker' left foot to fire past Emiliano Martinez.
11. Philip Heise
Match: Stuttgart 1-2 Dynamo Dresden
Dynamo Dresden left-back Philip Heise left Stuttgart to sign for the 2.Bundesliga side in January and six months later he was scoring a phenomenal lob past his former side, as the teams squared off in pre-season.
12. Toby Alderweireld
Match: PSG 2-4 Tottenham Hotspur
This list was started with a Tottenham Hotspur screamer against PSG and it will end that way too. Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld showcased his goalscoring ability with this fine strike to put Spurs into the lead.