Goal (website)

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,[1] and second largest online sports publication, only behind ESPN.[1] Goal represents one of the largest football communities in the world with 19 language versions covering more than 50 countries.[2] The website provides users with live scores and the latest news from football clubs through its interactive website, mobile apps and social channels.

Goal is published in 19 languages, with 38 national editions and 500 contributors.[3][4]


Goal was acquired by Perform Group in 2011, paying £18 million to the website's investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners.[5][6][7]

In 2012, the website was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs department of the UK government over the use of unpaid interns.[8]

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. "[9]

Goal 50Edit

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] 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.

Men's winnersEdit

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

Women's winnersEdit

Season Winner Club(s)
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."[11]

Men's WinnersEdit

Season Winner Club(s)
2015–16   Youri Tielemans   R.S.C. Anderlecht
2016–17   Gianluigi Donnarumma   A.C. Milan
2017–18   Justin Kluivert   Ajax
2018–19   Jadon Sancho   Borussia Dortmund
2019–20   Rodrygo   Real Madrid
2019–20   Ansu Fati   Barcelona

Women's winnersEdit

Season Winner Club(s)
2018–19   Lena Oberdorf   SGS Essen
2019–20   Hanna Bennison   FC Rosengård


  1. ^ a b "The top 500 sites on the web - By Category". Alexa. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  2. ^ "About Us". Goal. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Goal.com". Perform Group. Archived from the original on 12 March 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Goal.com". Crunchbase. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  5. ^ Farey-Jones, Daniel (23 February 2011). "Perform challenges Sky with Goal.com acquisition". Campaign. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  6. ^ Wauters, Robin (23 February 2011). "Score! Perform Group Buys Goal.com From Bessemer To Go Direct-To-Consumer". TechCrunch. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  7. ^ Sweney, Mark (16 May 2012). "Perform buys data company RunningBall for £95m". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  8. ^ Malik, Shiv (23 December 2012). "Football site Goal.com investigated over use of 30 unpaid interns a week". THe Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  9. ^ "The Drum: Best Sports News Site". The Drum. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Cahill named in Goal 50 list". Socceroos. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  11. ^ "NxGn 2019". Goal. Retrieved 20 January 2020.

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