VIDEO SPECIAL: Di Canio, Shearer, Yeboah and Rooney… after Crouch's cracker we reveal our top 10 volleys
15:43 GMT, 26 March 2012
When you think of fantastic volleys, legends like Marco van Basten and Zinedine Zidane spring to mind with their strikes in major European finals.
But the Premier League has its fair share of stunning strikes and Peter Crouch’s incredible effort against Manchester City at the weekend will go down as one of the all-time greats.
Here Sportsmail lists 10 of the greatest volleys in Premier League history.
Tony Yeboah (LEEDS v Liverpool 21/8/95)
No great goals list is complete without a Yeboah effort and 17 years on his strike against Liverpool is still fondly remembered.
For style, a ball crashing in off the underside of the crossbar always gets more marks but this came during a period in the Ghanaian’s career when you got a goal of the season contender out of him every other week.
Paul Scholes (Bradford v MANCHESTER UNITED 25/3/00)
It’s beautiful in its simplicity. David Beckham floats a set-piece to the edge of the penalty box and Scholes finds the bottom corner with power and accuracy.
The fact it takes no deflections is impressive enough, but a mention has to go to United striker Dwight Yorke whose quick reflexes enabled him to duck the cannon and prevent getting being into the next week.
Paolo Di Canio (WEST HAM v Wimbledon 26/3/00)
As soon as greatest Premier League volleys debates are started it doesn’t take long before Di Canio’s special strike against Wimbledon is mentioned.
Standing at an unfavourable angle to the goal, the Italian hit an unorthodox first-time strike from a cross-field ball that flew across the target and into the corner.
Wimbledon keeper Neil Sullivan should have been favourite, but he had no chance.
Alan Shearer (NEWCASTLE v Everton 1/12/02)
The Toon were heading for a 1-0 defeat against 10 men but with just four minutes left Shearer once again saved the day.
Everton keeper Richard Wright had somehow kept everything out but he was helpless against Shearer's bullet and again three minutes later when Newcastle snatched a winner through a Lie Tie own goal.
Dietmar Hamann (LIVERPOOL v Portsmouth 17/3/04)
Before Wayne Rooney there was Hamann. Michael Owen turned provider for once by lofting a cross to the edge of the box where the German unleashed a thunderbolt that curled and arced straight into the top corner.
Hamann could not have placed it any better had he wanted to – even Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier looked stunned.
Wayne Rooney (MANCHESTER UNITED v Newcastle 24/4/05)
The strike is stunning. The power that Rooney generates from the volley is frightening and Shay Given in goal was never given a chance of getting anywhere near it.
But it is what happened before that adds to the goal. Seconds earlier, Rooney was seen having a disagreement with referee Neale Barry and his visible frustration was clear to see even as he ran up to execute the volley. Tantrums at their best.
Morten Gamst Pedersen (BLACKBURN v Fulham 20/8/05)
Often overlooked but Pedersen’s strike is about as good as any you are likely to see.
Running at full pace to crash home a volley with power takes some doing.
Midfielder Tugay would score a special volley of his own later in the match in similar fashion to the Scholes cracker at Bradford. Rovers fans got full value for money that day in a 2-1 win.
Robin van Persie (Charlton v ARSENAL 30/9/06)
Did he shin it The only thing that matters is that it fizzed into the top corner And given Van Persie’s exploits since, you would have to say he meant it.
As soon as the ball left Emmanuel Eboue’s foot from, Van Persie knew what he was going to do – and it wasn’t going to be a header.
David Bentley (Arsenal v TOTTENHAM 29/10/08)
Harry Redknapp’s first official game in charge of Tottenham turned out to be one of the all-time Premier League greats as the north London rivals played out a 4-4 draw.
And it was Bentley who set the tone. Following touches from Luka Modric and Jermaine Jenas, the midfielder spotted Manuel Almunia off his line and lobbed him with a volley from 35 yards.
Opportunism at its finest.
Cheick Tiote (NEWCASTLE v Arsenal 5/2/11)
Another Premier League classic which produced a script that even Hollywood would find far-fetched.
Newcastle were 4-0 down to the Gunners but managed to pull it back to 4-3 before winning a free-kick with three minutes left.
The delivery into the box was cleared but up stepped Roy of the Rovers (played here by Tiote) to rifle a volley into the bottom corner to complete the Premier League’s greatest comeback.