Warshaw: The most-watched and must-watch MLS highlights on YouTube

In wake of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s "El Trafico" and MLS debut shaking the social media universe, I got curious about the most-watched MLS highlights of all time, and spent Sunday afternoon binging old videos. Apparently Zlatan’s strike is only the fourth-most-viewed highlight (thus far). What could possibly compare to a 50-yard side volley, you ask? Well, for your viewing pleasure, here are the Top 5 most-watched MLS highlights on YouTube, as of April 4, 2018  – along with a few others you should probably see.

You’re welcome.

1. David Beckham - Bends it like … himself

July 9, 2011 | 7.41 million views

Becks bends a corner kick directly into the goal and nutmegs the keeper along the way.

2. David Beckham - Bends it like … I don't even know

May 12, 2012 | 4.26 million views

Are free kicks more your thing than corners? Becks has you covered there, too. A curler to the top right corner from the right side of the box (it felt as awkward to watch as it is to envision, so watch the clip).

3. David Beckham - Bends it like … a rocket

April 14, 2012 | 4.20 million views

Find corner kicks to be boring and free kicks to be trite? Then good ole’ Dave put together a 35-yard banger from open play.

4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Meets the moment

March 31, 2018 | 4.05 million views

It only took one game for the Lion to make his way onto the list.

5. Thierry Henry - Because bicycle kicks

May 8, 2013 | 3.96 million views

Obviously a bicycle kick had to make the list. Obviously it came from Thierry Henry.

Also of Note

These aren't the next ones on the list, but they do rank among my personal favorites.

Darlington Nagbe - Goal of the Year for a reason

July 2, 2011 | 2.2 million views

Just watch the dang video.

Eric Hassli - Whut.

June 11, 2011 | 2.1 million views

Of every video on the list, this is the one where you will most say “how the heck did he do that?”

Hassoun Camara - Juggling is hard enough upright

July 29, 2013 | 1.5 million views

He scored after juggling a few times. From the ground. Again: He scored after juggling the ball a few times while sitting on his butt.

Jorge Campos - Rainbow flick assist

Sept. 22, 1996 | 4K views

There was once a time a goalkeeper did this on the field and I never wanted to forget it. (There was also a time video looked like this and I'm glad I'm not old.)

Eddie Pope - The '96 winner

Oct. 20, 1996 | 6K views

And just because I'm a sucker for the nostalgic, here's MLS's OG big goal.

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