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10 Olympic men's football goals you must review one more time

It's not all about the FIFA World Cup. Did you know that most of the modern football icons left a mark at the Olympic Games in their path for glory? Watch some great players scoring great goals...

By Iacopo Radaelli ·

​Luis Enrique v Colombia at Barcelona 1992

The assist by Pep Guardiola and the goal by Luis Enrique.

It fell to two former FC Barcelona midfielders (and managers) to engineer Spain's last goal in their 4-0 opening match victory over Colombia at the 1992 Summer Games.

In front of 18,000 fans at the Estadio Luis Casanova in Valencia, a lethal counter-attack was finalised by Luis Enrique's chip over the head of Colombian keeper Miguel Calero.

For Spain, it was just the start as they went on to win the gold medal by beating Poland 3-2 in the final at Camp Nou.

Luis Enrique scores against Colombia | Barcelona 1992

What a chip from the former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder.

​Patrick Mboma v Brazil at Sydney 2000

23rd September 2000, Brisbane Cricket GroundBrazil take on Cameroon in the quarter-finals.

As usual, with the Selecao on the pitch, there was one clear favourite. But Cameroon rewrote the script on their way to gold, eventually emulating Nigeria's 1996 triumph.

Man of the match was striker Patrick Mboma, who scored the opener after 16 minutes with a powerful free kick.

Mboma smashes in classy free-kick

Patrick Mboma of Cameroon finds the top corner of the net with a spectacula...

​Daniele De Rossi v Japan at Athens 2004

We all love overhead kicks.

We love them even more when they're performed by defensive midfielders who usually earn their wages by giving all at the centre of the pitch.

Players like AS Roma captain Daniele De Rossi that, in Italy's 2004 clash with Japan, scored with an acrobatic beauty just three minutes into the game.

De Rossi's stunning overhead bicycle kick goal | Athens 2004

Daniele De Rossi opened the scoring in style for Italy against Japan at Ath...

​Ronaldo v Ghana at Atlanta 1996

Still an emerging star back at the 1996 Games, 20-year-old Ronaldo was playing with the name Ronaldinho (!) on his shirt to avoid confusion with centre-back and team-mate Ronaldo Guiaro, who was two years older.

The Phenomenon scored four goals in the tournament with Brazil as they secured the bronze medal.

In the quarter-finals, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, the Brazilians outclassed Ghana 4-2, with Ronaldo scoring a brace.

His second goal was particularly spectacular...

Ronaldo scores great goal against Ghana

Brazil striker Ronaldo chips the ball over the Ghana goalkeeper, in the Oly...

​Xavi v Cameroon at Sydney 2000

One of the greatest talents coming through La Masia, FC Barcelona's youth academy, Xavi was part of the Spain squad for the 2000 Summer Games.

In the gold medal match against Cameroon, he managed to score after just two minutes with a free kick.

Too bad that Xavi's second goal of the tournament was not enough for Spain to claim the gold, as the Indomitable Lions, led by future FC Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o, prevailed after penalties.

Xavi scores in the gold medal final | Sydney 2000

The FC Barcelona legend scored two goals during the tournament.

​Diego Simeone v USA at Atlanta 1996

Argentina at the 1996 Summer Games had an impressive roster: Javier Zanetti, Hernan Crespo, Ariel Ortega and counting.

Managed by 1986 FIFA World Cup champion Daniel Passarella, the Albiceleste reached the gold medal match, where they suffered a shock defeat to Nigeria.

Some days before, in their Olympic debut against USA, Argentina won 3-1 after going one goal down.

The last goal of the match was scored in the final minute by Diego Simeone who,  true to his football philosophy, continued running and fighting until the very end.

Diego Simeone scores against USA | Atlanta 1996

The former Inter and Atletico Madrid midfielder scores for Argentina agains...

​Raul v Australia at Atlanta 1996

Already with the iconic number 7 on his shirt, future Real Madrid captain Raul gave a hint of his class in Spain's group victory over Australia at the 1996 Games.

The 19-year-old Spaniard, considered one of the most talented forwards of his generation, scored with a stylish free-kick and an opportunistic header.

Raul scores double against Australia | Atlanta 1996

Before he became a Real Madrid legend, Raul scored two goals for Spain in t...

​Jurgen Klinsmann v Zambia at Seoul 1988

At Seoul 1988, West Germany won the bronze medal by beating Italy in the small final.

During the tournament, VfB Stuttgart striker Jurgen Klinsmann showed off all of his scoring skills.

No more so than in the quarter-final match against Zambia, when the future FC Internazionale and Tottenham Hotspur forward scored a hat-trick.

Klinsmann scores hat-trick against Zambia | Seoul 1988

The Germany legend won the bronze medal at Seoul 1988.

​Romario at Seoul 1988

Romario de Souza Faria, known simply as Romario, is simply one of the best goalscorers in the history of football.

Famous for having been the star of the Brazil squad that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he was already a goal machine six years before at the 1988 Games.

Still a Vasco da Gama player back then, Romario became the top scorer at Seoul 1988 with seven goals in six matches.

One of those was the opener in the gold medal match against the Soviet Union that Brazil would go on to lose 1-2 after extra time.

Shortly after the Olympics, Romario would move to PSV Eindhoven, where he would continue building his own legacy, goal after goal.

Romario scores seven goals in six matches | Seoul 1988

The Brazil legend moved to PSV Eindhoven shortly after the Games.

​Hernan Crespo at Atlanta 1996

Another striker that deserves a special mention for his outstanding Olympic campaign in 1996: Argentina's Hernan Crespo.

Nicknamed 'Valdanito', Crespo scored six goals in six matches, helping his country to win the silver medal.

In Atlanta, the former SS Lazio and Chelsea striker finished as joint-top scorer of the tournament, alongside Brazilian forward Bebeto.

Hernan Crespo scores six goals in six matches | Atlanta 1996

The Argentinian forward became the top scorer of the tournament together wi...

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