Goal is an international association football news website founded in 2004 by Chicco Merighi and Gianluigi Longinotti-Buitoni. It is currently owned by Footballco. Goal is the world's largest online football publication, and second largest online sports publication, only behind ESPN. Goal represents one of the largest football communities in the world with 19 language versions covering more than 50 countries. The website provides users with live scores and the latest news from football clubs through its interactive website, mobile apps and social channels.
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 Texas Pacific Group (TPG).
In 2017 Goal won the Best Sports News Site award at The Drum Online Media Awards. "
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." 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.
|2007–08||Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United|
|2011–12||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid|
|2013–14||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid|
|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|
|2018–19||Megan Rapinoe||Reign FC|
|2019–20||Pernille Harder|| VfL Wolfsburg|
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 reporters, the resulting list is known as the NxGn list "NxGn."
|2015–16||Youri Tielemans||R.S.C. Anderlecht|
|2016–17||Gianluigi Donnarumma||A.C. Milan|
|2018–19||Jadon Sancho||Borussia Dortmund|
|2018–19||Lena Oberdorf||SGS Essen|
|2019–20||Hanna Bennison||FC Rosengård|
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