When it comes to Italian football, no decade is as important as the 1990's. The kits, the hair, the players, the ludicrous transfer fees, Serie A had the lot and the continental domination to back it up. And one of the shining lights during the greatest footballing decade of all time was Liberia's finest, George Weah.
Weah exploded onto the European scene with Monaco and PSG in Ligue Un, lifting the league title in 1994 with the club from the capital before making his way to Milan in 1995, where team success was supplemented with individual honours, with the Liberian striker becoming the first African footballer to be named FIFA World Player Of The Year as well as winning the Ballon d'Or.
Weah's explosive speed and strength drew parallels with legendary Brazilian duo Romario and Ronaldo and never was that devastating combination more evident than on 9th September, 1996 when Milan hosted Verona at the San Siro.
When a Verona corner is taken a little too deep (steady on), the ball lands at Weah's feet, but the Rossoneri's number nine is a good 80-90 yards from the opposition's goal. Not a problem. Like a bolt of lightning on two legs, Weah powers out of defence, through midfield and into the Verona box, leaving yellow shirted opposition players haplessly falling over themselves, in his wake. 15 seconds from the ball reaching his feet, Weah has tucked it into the bottom corner while everyone else in the Giuseppe Meazza wonders what on Earth has just happened.
Of course, the fact that the above footage is from Channel 4's iconic and much missed Gazzetta Football Italia programme makes it all the more better.
The goal is oft cited as one of the greatest in Serie A history although, there's also a case that it might not even be Weah's best at Milan, as this equally impressive effort against Lazio in December 1995 testifies:
As if that wasn't enough, to prove just how spoiled football fans were in the mid '90s with world class centre forwards, while Weah was running rings round defences in Italy, Ronaldo was tormenting poor bastards left, right and centre in Spain:
Twenty years on and Weah's effort hasn't lost any of it's aura. In fact, it wouldn't surprise anyone if there were still Verona defenders who had recurring nightmares about Weah running towards them. It's a goal worth losing sleep over.