Top 10: Goals of Germany 2006

7. Deco, Portugal vs Iran

Deco was controversial: one of the narkiest players ever to grace the sport, he made an art form of simulation, and even some of his international team-mates didn’t want him in the World Cup squad (Luis Figo objected to the Brazil-born midfielder's flag of convenience: “If you’re born Chinese, you have to play for China”). 

But when he wasn’t rolling around clutching his face, Deco was a Paul Scholes-esque package of laser-guided passing, shooting and sublime touches. Here, Figo squares to him, and the ball is in the back of the net before Iran keeper Ebrahim Mirzapour can blink. Not that blinking helps in this kind of situation.


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