Twenty Five Memorable Premier League Moments
CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 8/16/2017, 6:49 a.m.
By Aimee Lewis, CNN
(CNN) -- As the English Premier League prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, we look at some of the most dazzling moments in a competition which entertains millions around the world.
From spectacular goals to incredible games, and touchline moments that will live long in the memory -- scroll down to see if you agree with our picks.
May 13, 2012 -- That Aguero goal Manchester City and Manchester United started the final day of the season level on points. With minutes of their respective games remaining, United were set to become champions once more. But then came the twist: Edin Dzeko scored for City in stoppage time to level at home against QPR, giving Roberto Mancini's men hope -- but they needed to win.
With the last kick of the match, along came Sergio Aguero, dancing into the box... Mario Balotelli found the Argentine, who struck low into the bottom-left corner. Ecstasy for the men in blue. City won the title for the first time in 44 years.
October 19, 2002 -- Rooney makes his mark
Fifteen years ago Wayne Rooney was an unknown teenager playing for his boyhood club earning £80 a week. Reigning champions Arsenal, seven points ahead at the top of the table, unbeaten in 30 league games, were the visitors at Goodison Park.
But in four glorious touches Rooney would ruin Arsenal's unbeaten streak. With his first touch, 40 yards from goal, he picked the ball out of the sky and then spun 360 degrees, evading the backtracking Lauren. His second touch was a kick ahead to himself. And after his third touch, Rooney glanced up, raised his left arm, took aim and the ball gloriously hit the underside of the crossbar before dropping into the net. A star was born.
April 3, 1996 -- The greatest game in history?
This was a brilliantly entertaining match on a floodlit night at Anfield. Both teams were challenging for the title, neither could really defend. Newcastle desperately needed to win after seeing a 12-point lead over Manchester United at the top of the table swing into a three-point deficit.
From 1-0 to the hosts to 1-1; 1-2, 2-2, 2-3, 3-3 and then, in stoppage time, Reds striker Stan Collymore beat Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek. Liverpool manager Roy Evans would later describe the game as "kamikaze football." The teams would play out another 4-3 thriller the following season, but the first time is always the best.
May 12, 2013 -- Fergie bows out in style
In his final season in charge of the one of the world's most famous clubs, Sir Alex Ferguson -- the most successful football manager in British history -- bowed out with a Premier League title. Ferguson ended his reign with 49 trophies: 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League titles, to name but a few.
His last league title -- United's 20th -- was perhaps his easiest, the title secured with a month of the season still to go -- only once (2001) had a Ferguson side won the league any earlier. The Premier League trophy was carried out by two of his former captains, Steve Bruce and Bryan Robson, and it was the manager who received the honor of lifting the Premier League trophy into the Manchester night sky.