What a week it has been for Sergio Aguero! Having played the leading role in Argentina retaining their FIFA U-20 World Cup crown, the Atletico Madrid forward has pocketed his third individual accolade from the event. Recipient of the adidas Golden Ball and adidas Golden Shoe awards, one of Aguero's six strikes on Canadian soil has now been voted as the goal of the tournament by the users of FIFA.com.
It was a goal certainly worthy of the distinction. With Argentina's Round of 16 tie against Poland evenly poised at 1-1, Aguero produced a goal certain to decorate highlight reels for years to come. Receiving the ball with his back to goal, just inside the Polish area, the 19-year-old flicked it up off the turf and dinked it over his marker, before navigating past him and volleying the ball into the bottom-left corner of Bartosz Bialkowski's net to gasps from the Toronto crowd.
The effort, which arrived just moments into the second half and helped the Albiceleste to a 3-1 victory, proved to be FIFA.com readers' pick of a selection of memorable goals. Receiving an average rating of 4.3, it edged Giovanni Dos Santos' screamer in Mexico's 3-0 win over Gambia into second place. Rather than control a bouncing ball narrowly inside the Africans' 18-yard box, the Barcelona starlet unleashed a thunderbolt that dipped under the crossbar and rippled the back of Joseph Gomez's net.
With an average rating of 4.1, Canada 2007's third best goal again went to Aguero, this time for his match-winning free-kick against Korea DPR in Group E. Combining rich inswing with power, El Kun squeezed the ball just inside the left-hand post and beyond the reach of the diving Kwang Min Ju to seal a 1-0 success. It is evident that the former Independiente front-runner has a penchant for scoring wonder goals, like his compatriot and another graduate of the biennial youth event, Diego Maradona, who posted some impressive individual goals during Argentina's triumphant Japan 1979 campaign.
Honourable mentions must go to Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Argentina's Angel Di Maria, who scored long-range piledrivers against Spain and Chile respectively, Brazil's Leandro Lima, who provided fans in Burnaby with an unforgettable scissor-kick in his side's 4-2 loss to the Spaniards in the Round of 16, and Freddy Adu's sumptuous curler in USA's 6-1 defeat of Poland in Group D.