Antonio v Manchester City – 24th October 2020
Whilst perhaps not as important a goal as the others on the list, this goal is certainly one of his best.
West Ham came up against Pep Guardiola’s City side early on in the season and gave them one of their toughest matches throughout the campaign, with Antonio’s heroics playing a huge role, as they so often have done.
With the score at 0-0, a Vladimir Coufal cross flew into the box, and with his back to goal, it looked as though there was no option for Antonio to not just score but even shoot.
Michail Antonio’s most memorable West Ham strikes.
But as strong and powerful as he is, the striker held off Ruben Dias – the future PFA Player of the Year – like he was a small and child and maneuvered himself so that he could perform an overhead kick, which he duly fired past Ederson in the City goal.
Antonio v Leicester City – 23rd August 2021
As spoken about earlier, Antonio became West Ham’s record Premier League goalscorer, and he managed it in style.
To this day, despite his form ever since Moyes converted him to this position, people question whether he should be considered a “natural striker.” Well, if his two goals – and first in particular – still have people doubting his position, then they will never be convinced.
Declan Rice roamed forward with the ball, playing a one-two with Aaron Creswell down the left wing, and crossed into Antonio, which he controlled delightfully with his weaker left foot, before he held off Caglar Soyuncu, swiveled and blasted the ball past Kasper Schmeichel to make history.
His second goal was just as fantastic, as he delicately touched a Coufal cross over the Leicester defense before prodding his second of the match and rounding the night off perfectly.