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Ligue 1's long-distance goals

Publish on 04/07/2020 at 10:00 - I. HOLYMAN


Everyone loves a long-distance screamer, so we've picked out some of the best goals scored from another postcode in Ligue 1 in recent seasons, including Memphis Depay's 2016/17 goal of the season winner, just to brighten up your day.

Since 2007/08, the honour of having scored from furthest out goes to a slightly unexpected hero. David Hellebuyck may not have a huge reputation outside of France, but the former Saint-Etienne and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder certainly made a name for himself in May 2008 when — while playing for Nice — he scored a goal to remember.


There were some 66.2 metres — that's about the length of four buses and a couple of cars placed end-to-end — between Hellebuyck and Caen goalkeeper Benoît Costil, but the Nice man still managed to get enough force and accuracy on his shot to lob the current Bordeaux number 1 and earn himself a place at the top of the chart.


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Tunisia international Saber Khalifa is next thanks to his remarkable goal from 64.3 metres for Evian-Thonon-Gaillard against Nice in May 2013, putting himself and Hellebuyck in an exclusive club as the only men in Ligue 1 history to have found the net from 60+ metres.


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Depay was 'only' 50.6 metres from Alban Lafont's goal when he lobbed the then-Toulouse goalkeeper for Lyon, a feat that gets him into the top 5 behind former OL teammate Nabil Fekir and Caen's Ronny Rodelin.


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Ligue 1 top 10 long-range goals (since 2007/08)

  1. David Hellebuyck - 66.2m (OGC Nice 3-1 SM Caen,  17 May 2008)
  2. Saber Khalifa - 64.3m (Evian TG 4-0 OGC Nice, 12 May 2013)
  3. Nabil Fekir - 53.5m (Olympique Lyonnais 3-3 Girondins de Bordeaux, 19 August 2017)
  4. Ronny Rodelin - 52m (Girondins de Bordeaux 0-2 SM Caen, 16 January 2018)
  5. Memphis Depay - 50.6m (Olympique Lyonnais 4-0 Toulouse FC, 12 March 2017)
  6. Valter Birsa - 47.8m (AJ Auxerre 1-3 AS Nancy Lorraine, 6 December 2009)
  7. Grégory Proment - 47.3m (Evian TG 2-4 SM Caen, 24 September 2011)
  8. Lucas Moura - 46.9m (AS Nancy Lorraine 1-2 Paris SG, 15 October 2016)
  9. Paul-Georges Ntep - 46.4m (Paris SG 1-2 Stade Rennais FC, 7 May 2014)
  10. Christophe Jallet - 46.3m (Amiens SC - Olympique Lyonnais, 13 September 2019)

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