Goal, stylized in all caps and alternatively known as Goal.com, is a website currently dedicated to the coverage of international association football. Currently owned by the Integrated Media Company (IMC) division of TPG Inc. since 2020,[1] it is published in 18 languages across 38 global regions and edited by over 500 contributors as at 2019.[2]

Type of site
Sports journalism
Available in
Founded1998; 25 years ago (1998) (as a domain name)
Area servedWorldwide
  • Chicco Merighi
  • Gian Luigi Longinotti-Buitoni
CEOJuan Delgado
ServicesAssociation football news
Launched1998 (domain)
2005 (current state)
Current statusActive

History Edit

Sports statics company Perform Group acquired Goal.com for £18 million from its previous investors, which included Bessemer Venture Partners.[3][4][5] In 2012, the website was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs department of the UK government over the use of unpaid interns.[6]

In August 2016, Perform Group launched the online sports video streaming service DAZN. In September 2018 Perform Group was split into two companies: DAZN Group (named after its streaming service) for its consumer content operations, and Perform Content for its business-to-business services. Under this new structure, GOAL sat under DAZN. In March 2019, DAZN re-organized the Perform Media division into DAZN Media, which includes GOAL. In late 2020, GOAL, alongside Spox and Voetbalzone were packaged as a new company called FootballCo. Shortly after, a majority stake in FootballCo. was purchased by Integrated Media Company (IMC) which is a division of TPG Capital.[1]

Awards Edit

In 2017 and 2020, GOAL won the Best Sports News Site award at The Drum Online Media Awards.[7]

GOAL50 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."[8] Starting from the 2018–19 season, the 50 players were divided into 25 men and 25 women, with a winner from both genders being crowned. In 2021 voting was changed, with the list of available players chosen by GOAL journalists and the ranking decided by a public vote.

Lionel Messi is the record winner of the award having won it 6 times overall.

Men's winners Edit

Season Winner Club(s)
2007–08   Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United
2008–09   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2009–10   Wesley Sneijder   Internazionale
2010–11   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2011–12   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2012–13   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2013–14   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2014–15   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2015–16   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2016–17   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2017–18   Luka Modrić   Real Madrid
2018–19   Virgil van Dijk   Liverpool
2019–20   Robert Lewandowski   Bayern Munich
2020–21   Lionel Messi[9]   Barcelona
2021–22   Lionel Messi[10]   Paris Saint-Germain

Women's winners Edit

Season Winner Club(s)
2018–19   Megan Rapinoe   Reign FC
2019–20   Pernille Harder   VfL Wolfsburg
2020–21   Alexia Putellas   Barcelona
2021–22   Alexia Putellas   Barcelona


Since the 2015–16 season, GOAL has ranked the 50 best players aged under 19 for that respective season, with selections made by GOAL's network of journalists. The resulting list is known as the NXGN list, with the first-ranked players receiving the NXGN winner's award.[11]

Since 2020, a women's list and award has also been published and handed out.[12]

Men's winners Edit

Season Winner Club(s)
2015–2016   Youri Tielemans   Anderlecht
2016–2017   Gianluigi Donnarumma   Milan
2017–2018   Justin Kluivert   Ajax
2018–2019   Jadon Sancho   Borussia Dortmund
2019–2020   Rodrygo   Real Madrid
2020–2021   Ansu Fati   Barcelona
2021–2022   Jude Bellingham   Borussia Dortmund

Women's winners Edit

Season Winner Club(s)
2019–2020   Lena Oberdorf   SGS Essen
2020–2021   Hanna Bennison   FC Rosengård
2021–2022   Melchie Dumornay   Stade de Reims

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "IMC sign agreement to acquire Goal". Goal. 22 September 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Goal". Perform Group. Archived from the original on 12 March 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  3. ^ Farey-Jones, Daniel (23 February 2011). "Perform challenges Sky with Goal.com acquisition". Campaign. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  4. ^ Wauters, Robin (23 February 2011). "Score! Perform Group Buys Goal.com From Bessemer To Go Direct-To-Consumer". TechCrunch. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  5. ^ Sweney, Mark (16 May 2012). "Perform buys data company RunningBall for £95m". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  6. ^ Malik, Shiv (23 December 2012). "Football site Goal.com investigated over use of 30 unpaid interns a week". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  7. ^ "The Drum: Best Sports News Site". The Drum. Archived from the original on 7 October 2020. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Cahill named in Goal 50 list". Socceroos. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  9. ^ "GOAL50 2021: Messi and Putellas crowned winners after historic fan vote | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  10. ^ "GOAL50 2022: Messi, Putellas and Maradona crowned winners after global fan vote | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  11. ^ "NxGn 2019". Goal. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  12. ^ "NxGn 2020: The 10 best wonderkids in women's football | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 29 July 2021.

External links Edit

  • International edition site (in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Indonesian, Arabic, Hungarian, and Japanese)