Phil Neville picks West Ham legend Di Canio's strike as one of the best of all time

Di Canio

The Italian's astonishing strike against Wimbledon is one of the best of all time according to the former Manchester United defender.

Former Manchester United and Everton star Phil Neville has picked what he considers to be one of the best goals scored in the Premier League era, in an article with BBC Sport.

The ex-England fullback was tasked with picking the best strike of the 2000s, and went with West Ham's enigmatic star Paolo Di Canio, and his unbelievable scissor kick against Wimbledon in March 2000.

Meeting Trevor Sinclair's excellent cross field ball after peeling off the defender, the Italian performed a volley with precision into the far corner, a goal only someone of his outrageous confidence and ability could even hope to attempt.

Neville didn't mince his words when describing the effort, describing it as: "One of the best goals of all time.

"It was a unique strike, the technique to hit the ball across his body with both feet off the floor was special," the 38-year-old said. "There have been great volleyers of the ball like Mark Hughes or Marco van Basten but that was a brilliant strike from a wonderful crossfield ball.

"Di Canio had to watch the ball come 40 yards through the air, time it right and then get a sensational connection.

"If it was scored against me I would have been tempted to applaud it."

The Match of the Day pundit expressed his belief that Di Canio's moment will be something long held up as one of the best moments in English football.

"That goal will be on the credits for Match of the Day in 30 years' time," he added. "They do not come around very often! It was a special goal, an iconic moment."

Newcastle United icon Alan Shearer picked Ryan Giggs dramatic FA Cup Semi-final winner over Arsenal in 1999 as a special goal, saying: "This goal is not just a brilliant individual one, it was massively important for that team. It won the FA Cup semi-final replay in extra time against United's main rivals at the time.

"Giggs's celebration is also a memorable one and the whole moment sums up his appetite, attitude and ability."

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