Karim Benzema scored a spectacular goal for France in their defeat to Switzerland last night and that got Michael Owen a bit too excited.
The pass intended to the Frenchman was a bit behind him and he had to improvise. Benzema managed to bring the ball into his path with a fantastic touch, and he finished the move brilliantly with a clinical strike.
The goal really was brilliant and Benzema deserves a ton of credit. It will surely go down as one of the goals of the tournament, but Owen somehow convinced himself that Benzema’s strike was better than Dennis Bergkamp’s outrageous goal against Newcastle United back in 2002.
Owen’s time at Newcastle wasn’t great and it looks like that Bergkamp strike made it a lot worse than it actually was. The Englishman wasn’t even at the club then, but it still seems to bother him for some weird reason.
Benzema’s goal was class but Bergkamp’s was on a different level. The way the Dutchman flicked the ball around the defender to bring it back into his path was a work of art, and it is arguably the greatest goal in the history of the Premier League.
It was so one of a kind that nobody has really been able to replicate that over the last two decades. That should tell you where Bergkamp’s goal stands compared to everyone else’s, including Benzema’s brilliant strike last night.
Arsenal fans, predictably, were furious with Owen. Here’s how a few Gooners reacted to his tweet last night…