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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
Goal (website) Logo.jpg
OwnerPerform Group
Websitehttps://www.goal.com/en
Alexa rank651 (November 2017)[1]
Launched2004
Current statusActive

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

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HistoryEdit

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 the HM Revenue and Customs department of the UK government over the use of unpaid interns.[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]

Season Winner Club
2007/08   Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United
2008/09   Lionel Messi   FC Barcelona
2009/10   Wesley Sneijder   Inter Milan
2010/11   Lionel Messi   FC Barcelona
2011/12   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2012/13   Lionel Messi   FC Barcelona
2013/14   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2014/15   Lionel Messi   FC Barcelona
2015/16   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2016/17   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2017/18   Luka Modrić   Real Madrid

Greatest player of all timeEdit

  • 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]

ReferencesEdit

  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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