Bobby Zamora has recalled his favourite ever goal, singling out his sublime piece of skill and finish against Birmingham City back in 2005.
The former Hammers man was asked to pick out his best ever strike on the Alan Brazil Breakfast Show on talkSPORT (May 10th, 9.35am), and he didn’t hesitate in choosing his individual effort in the 2-1 win over the Blues.
He said: “It goes under the radar. It’s not something that I would ever really be known for, but it was quite technical.
“I’ve controlled it, lifted it over one defender, in between two defenders, keeper come out and I flicked it through his legs.
“If it was Ronaldo or Messi, it would still be on Sky Sports today.”
To be fair to Bobby Zamora, a player who has taken his fair share of stick for his finishing abilities during the course of his career, this was a corker. The ball is thrown in to him and he suddenly turns into Pele. The flick over his head is enough to bamboozle the defender, but from there he really turns on the skill. Taking it down on the other side, he shuffles his way inside, chopping and cutting his way past two defenders before poking a toe out and sending the ball straight through the helpless keeper’s legs from a tight angle. It really is a brilliant strike, a moment of magic from a player who made his name through hard graft and a steady scoring record. It may have been forgotten over the past decade and a half of football, but looking back on it now, it is easy to see why Zamora is so fond of this beautiful piece of artistry.