Goal (website)

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OwnerPerform Group
Alexa rank651 (November 2017)[1]
Current statusActive

Goal is an international association football news website founded in 2004 by Chicco Merighi and Gianluigi Longinotti-Buitoni. It is currently owned by Perform Group. Goal is the largest online football publication in the world,[2] and the 2nd largest online sports publication in the world (behind ESPN only).[2] Goal represents one of the largest football communities in the world with 19 language versions covering more than 50 countries.[3] The website provides users with live scores and the latest news from football clubs through its interactive web site and community forums.

Goal is published in 19 languages, with 38 national editions and 500 contributors.[4][5]


Goal was acquired by Perform Group in 2011, paying £18 million to the website's investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners.[6][7][8]

In 2012 the website was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs department of the UK government over the use of unpaid interns.[9]

Goal 50[edit]

Since the 2007–08 season, the best 50 players of the respective season are selected by Goal reporters and ranked as part of Goal's "Goal 50."[10]

Season Winner Club
2007–08 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United
2008–09 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2009–10 Netherlands Wesley Sneijder Italy Internazionale
2010–11 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2011–12 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2012–13 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2013–14 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2014–15 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2015–16 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2016–17 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
2017–18 Croatia Luka Modrić Spain Real Madrid

Greatest player of all time[edit]

  • On 04 December 2015, Goal asked its readers to vote for the best player in football history. Lionel Messi was the winner with 52% of the total votes, while Cristiano Ronaldo came in second place.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Goal.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  2. ^ a b "The top 500 sites on the web - By Category". Alexa. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ "About Us". Goal. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Goal.com". Perform Group. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Goal.com". Crunchbase. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  6. ^ Farey-Jones, Daniel (23 February 2011). "Perform challenges Sky with Goal.com acquisition". Campaign. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  7. ^ Wauters, Robin (23 February 2011). "Score! Perform Group Buys Goal.com From Bessemer To Go Direct-To-Consumer". TechCrunch. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  8. ^ Sweney, Mark (16 May 2012). "Perform buys data company RunningBall for £95m". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  9. ^ Malik, Shiv (23 December 2012). "Football site Goal.com investigated over use of 30 unpaid interns a week". THe Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Cahill named in Goal 50 list". Socceroos. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  11. ^ "Goal 50 winner Messi voted best player of all-time by Goal readers | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  12. ^ "Messi or Ronaldo? The Goal 50 ranking the 50 best footballers in the world of 2017". www.goal.com. Retrieved 2019-04-06.

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