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Rooney's overhead effort voted best EPL goal

Last updated on: May 4, 2012 10:03 IST

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Wayne Rooney's overhead kick for Manchester United against Manchester City in February last season has been voted by fans as the best goal of the 20 years of the Premier League, it was announced on Thursday.

Rooney's acrobatic effort, which gave United a 2-1 home victory and helped them to win last term's title, was the only goal from the last 10 years among the nominees.

Dennis Bergkamp's swivel and finish for Arsenal against Newcastle United in 2002 and teammate Thierry Henry's dipping flick and volley against Manchester United in 2000 were second and third respectively.


Image: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney scores against Manchester City from an overhead kick during their EPL match at Old Trafford on February 12, 2011
Photographs: Darren Staples / Reuters

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'I'd like to say a big thank you to all the fans that voted for me'

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The Premier League said in a statement that hundreds of thousands of fans had voted and that the top three received more than half the public vote, with Rooney garnering 26 percent, Bergkamp 19 percent and Henry 15 percent.

"I grew up watching the Premier League so to be voted the best goal in the history of the Premier League is a great feeling," Rooney said.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to all the fans that voted for me."

Image: Newcastle United's Shay Given (right) tries to stop Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp (left) from scoring during their English Premier League match at St James's Park, on March 2, 2002
Photographs: Ian Hodgson / Reuters

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Awards launched to mark 20 years of the Premier League

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Ex-United player David Beckham won the 10-year award in 2002 for his goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon in 1996.

A series of awards including best match, save and best goal celebration have been launched to mark the 20 years of the Premier League with results from the other online fan polls due in the coming weeks.

Rooney failed to reproduce his stunning goal in Monday's derby when City won 1-0 to leave the title in their grasp with two games left.


Image: Arsenal's Thierry Henry (right) celebrates after scoring against Manchester United on October 1 2000
Photographs: Phil Cole / Getty Images

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