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Rooney wins greatest Premier League goal award

Wayne Rooney’s memorable overhead kick winner against Manchester City from February 2011 has been voted the greatest Premier League goal to date.

The award commemorates 20 seasons of the Premier League, and was voted for by hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe. Rooney’s strike received 26% of the vote. The runners-up were both Arsenal strikers. Dennis Bergkamp’s 2002 goal against Newcastle was second and Thierry Henry’s 2000 volley against Manchester United was third.

Rooney was delighted with the award. "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," he said. "There's so many good goals in that shortlist, goals that I watched in my living room as a kid: Alan Shearer's goal, Paolo Di Canio's, Tony Yeboah's, David Beckham's. To be competing with them and winning is a great honour for me and something I'm very proud of. I'd like to say a big thank you to all the fans that voted for me."

The prize is part of a series of Premier League awards that will also include best save and best goal celebration. A panel of experts will also be deciding on the best player, manager, team, season and most memorable quotes of the Premier League era.

The best goal shortlist might have been a little premature. The current season has featured some memorable goals, notably Peter Crouch’s sublime volley for Stoke City and Papiss Demba Cisse’s recent swerving strike for Newcastle against Chelsea.

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