Top 13 Best Ever Debut Goals!


With the summer transfer window in full swing and players making big-money moves to the top clubs, we’re going to see a lot of new faces on Match of the Day next month. Amongst those making their Premier League debuts are Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay, Roberto Firmino, and Georginio Wijnaldum to name but a few, while Raheem Sterling, James Milner, Radamel Falcao, and Petr Cech all have debuts to make with their new clubs.

Some will succeed, and some will likely fail. Who knows, some might even have the best game of their lives on their first appearances for their new clubs! If they’re good enough, perhaps they might even make it into a list like this some day – Goals, Goals, Goals!  The best debut goals ever scored!

13 – Adrian Mutu – Chelsea 2003

Adrian Mutu scored this cracking goal against Leicester after becoming one of the first Roman Abramovic spending spree signings at Chelsea. Pity the rest of his Blues career went downhill from day one!

12 – Raúl’s Real Derby Rout – 1994

Spanish legend Raúl played with Atletico Madrid’s youth academy, before the team decided they didn’t want him and left him out with the bins so their neighbours could pick him up. Only, he went on to score on his home debut against Atleti, and became one of the best goalscorers of all time. Oops…

11 – Sergio Aguero’s City Start – 2011

The Argentinian’s City career has been littered with goals to date, none more important than the end-of-season title-winning strike against QPR a couple of years ago. But this goal against Swansea City is where it all started for the ex-Atletico man!

10 – Paulo Wanchope’s Legs of Rubber – 1997

Paulo Wanchope was known for his silky skills, and perhaps they caught Manchester United off guard when he hadn’t ever played for Derby County prior to this day in 1997 when the Costa Rican ran rings around their defence to knock in this wonder goal! Derby won the game 2-3 in Old Trafford!

9 – Mario Stanic – Chelsea 2000

When West Ham gave Mario Stanic far too much time in the middle of the park, the Croat made them pay dearly. What a goal this was from the versatile player!

8 – Sejad Salihovic’s 40-yard belter – 2015

Only last month did Salihovic, of Chinese side Guizhou Renh, score this thunderbastard of a goal. On first sight it’s not even exactly clear if the ball crossed the line after crashing on the underside of the crossbar, but upon replays it’s shown to have been a fair goal. And what a goal it was!

7 – Danny Rose’s North London Derby Screamer – 2010

Although Danny Rose had made his Spurs debut in the FA Cup before this, his first league game came in the biggest fixture of the year against Arsenal! This thunderous strike helped Tottenham on their way to a 2-1 win over the old enemy and is a debut that will be long remembered by the Spurs faithful!

6 – Ronaldinho Says Hello To Camp Nou In Style – 2003

We may be cheating a little with this one, as it was only Ronnie’s home debut, but a debut nonetheless. Trailing 1-0 to a Jose Antonio Reyes penalty for Sevilla, Ronaldinho collected the ball in his own half from a hairy-headed Victor Valdes before setting off to score one of the most beautiful goals ever, rounding two defenders and smacking the ball into the top corner!

5 – Alvaro Recoba’s Sensational Debut Goals – 1997

Brought on with only ten minutes remaining in the game, with his side losing 1-0, Alvaro Recoba had one of the most memorable debuts of all time in 1997. The Uruguayan scored two goals to give the Nerazzuri the win in what was incidentally also Ronaldo’s Inter debut!

4 – Stan Collymore Lifts Bradford – 2000

Another derby debut goal! This stunning overhead strike from Stan Collymore helped Bradford earn a point against West Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

3 – Wayne Rooney Announces Himself To United Fans – 2004

Wayne Rooney’s big-money move to Man United at the age of 18 “raised a few eyebrows” in the words of Alex Ferguson, but the youngster made his £25 million fee look a bargain on the night of his debut. In the world’s biggest club competition, at one of the world’s biggest clubs, what could this plucky former Everton striker muster? Only a hat trick (and an assist!) to announce himself to the Old Trafford crowd!

2 – Federico Macheda Writes His Name In History – 2008

Remember the name Federico Macheda? Manchester United fans certainly do! Probably Liverpool fans too… The Italian forward made his first team debut for the Red Devils against Aston Villa, late into the season, and scored a goal that many fans remember as the goal that ‘essentially’ handed them the title. Nowadays, Macheda is still playing with Cardiff City, at the age of 23…

1 – Mark Oxley’s Hibs Winner – And he’s a goalkeeper! – 2014

Mark Oxley’s first league game for Hibernian came on the opening day of the season last year, at home against Livingston. Hibs won the game 2-1, with the winner coming from Mark Oxley – their newly signed goalkeeper!

And finally, just for laughs…

Carl Jenkinson’s Nightmare OG – 2011

Carl Jenkinson was a youngster snapped up by Arsenal at the time their defensive woes were at their worst. When fans saw this horror show from the ex-Charlton player, they could only hold their heads in their hands and worry about what Wenger had done wasting so much money on him. Luckily for Gunners fans, Jenkinson didn’t repeat the trick on his competitive debut against Udinese in their hugely important Champions League qualifier only a couple of weeks later!

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