Twenty five memorable Premier League moments

    Pepe Reina

    Story highlights

    • EPL will be 25 years old on August 15
    • League is one of the most lucrative in world football

    (CNN)As the English Premier League prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, we look at some of the most dazzling moments in a competition which entertains millions around the world.

    From spectacular goals to incredible games, and touchline moments that will live long in the memory -- scroll down to see if you agree with our picks.

      May 13, 2012 -- That Aguero goal

        Sergio Aguero Manchester City
        Manchester City and Manchester United started the final day of the season level on points. With minutes of their respective games remaining, United were set to become champions once more. But then came the twist: Edin Dzeko scored for City in stoppage time to level at home against QPR, giving Roberto Mancini's men hope -- but they needed to win.
        With the last kick of the match, along came Sergio Aguero, dancing into the box... Mario Balotelli found the Argentine, who struck low into the bottom-left corner. Ecstasy for the men in blue. City won the title for the first time in 44 years.

        October 19, 2002 -- Rooney makes his mark

        Wayne Rooney
        Fifteen years ago Wayne Rooney was an unknown teenager playing for his boyhood club earning £80 a week. Reigning champions Arsenal, seven points ahead at the top of the table, unbeaten in 30 league games, were the visitors at Goodison Park.
        But in four glorious touches Rooney would ruin Arsenal's unbeaten streak. With his first touch, 40 yards from goal, he picked the ball out of the sky and then spun 360 degrees, evading the backtracking Lauren. His second touch was a kick ahead to himself. And after his third touch, Rooney glanced up, raised his left arm, took aim and the ball gloriously hit the underside of the crossbar before dropping into the net. A star was born.

        April 3, 1996 -- The greatest game in history?

        Stan Collymore
        This was a brilliantly entertaining match on a floodlit night at Anfield. Both teams were challenging for the title, neither could really defend. Newcastle desperately needed to win after seeing a 12-point lead over Manchester United at the top of the table swing into a three-point deficit.
        From 1-0 to the hosts to 1-1; 1-2, 2-2, 2-3, 3-3 and then, in stoppage time, Reds striker Stan Collymore beat Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek. Liverpool manager Roy Evans would later describe the game as "kamikaze football." The teams would play out another 4-3 thriller the following season, but the first time is always the best.

        May 12, 2013 -- Fergie bows out in style

        Sir Alex Ferguson
        In his final season in charge of the one of the world's most famous clubs, Sir Alex Ferguson -- the most successful football manager in British history -- bowed out with a Premier League title. Ferguson ended his reign with 49 trophies: 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League titles, to name but a few.
        His last league title -- United's 20th -- was perhaps his easiest, the title secured with a month of the season still to go -- only once (2001) had a Ferguson side won the league any earlier. The Premier League trophy was carried out by two of his former captains, Steve Bruce and Bryan Robson, and it was the manager who received the honor of lifting the Premier League trophy into the Manchester night sky.

        April 27, 2014 -- Gerrard's slip

        Steven Gerrard
        Liverpool were in swashbuckling form and seemed on course to secure a first league title for 24 years. They had won 11 consecutive matches and were unbeaten in 16 when Jose Mourinho's Chelsea came to Anfield. But a Steven Gerrard error would cost them dearly that season.
        Inside his own half, the captain slipped, lost possession and Chelsea's Demba Ba capitalized, putting the Londoners on their way to a 2-0 victory. Liverpool's title charge came to a halt after that loss. A disastrous draw at Crystal Palace followed and Manchester City clinched the title. "There's not a day that doesn't go by that I don't think about what if that didn't happen," Gerrard has said.

        May 2, 2016 -- One of the greatest stories of all time

        Leicester City
        This was a season which captured the imagination of the world. Leicester City had started the campaign as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title after almost being relegated the season before and Claudio Ranieri was seen as an uninspired choice to replace Nigel Pearson, who was sacked prior to the start of the campaign.
        But Ranieri and his team of bargain buys and journeymen started the season brilliantly and, incredibly, sustained their challenge. At the end of March they became odds-on favorites for the first time and, in May, won the first top-flight title in the club's history. The next season, Ranieri was sacked as Leicester struggled, but for one one glorious period the Foxes had made people think anything was possible.

        October 17, 2009 -- Beach ball madness

        Pepe Reina
        When is a goal not a goal? A Liverpool-branded beach ball, thrown from the visiting section of the Stadium of Light, glided onto the pitch during the opening few minutes of Sunderland's encounter with Liverpool. So far, so uninspiring. But when Darren Bent's strike beat Liverpool's Jose Reina with the help of a sizable deflection off said beach ball debate raged, especially as it had secured the Black Cats a 1-0 victory.
        Liverpool's players protested, other referees criticized the decision. For those in any doubt, FIFA's laws of the game state "the referee should stop, suspend or abandon the match because of outside interference of any kind", which meant the goal should have been ruled out and the match restarted with a drop ball.

        April 21, 2001 -- The worst tackle of all time?

        Roy Keane Alf Inge Haaland