Rafael Sóbis has got the golazo bug at the moment, as it seems everything he touches turns into a long-range screamer for his side Fluminense.

Last season’s Brasileirão champions have had a mixed start to this campaign but it seems Sóbis is doing all he can to keep them in games with some spectacular heroics.

Earlier this week we showed you his incredible solo run and 25-yard top corner finish in the win over Goias at the weekend – now he’s done it from even further out.

Like the goal last weekend, Sóbis’ strike brought Fluminense back on level terms, this time away at Portuguesa.

The 27-year-old started on one of his marauding runs through the middle of the pitch before being hauled down.

After what seems the obligatory roll following a challenger in Brazilian football, Sóbis picked himself up, dusted himself off and unleashed an unstoppable piledriver of a free-kick into the top corner from all of 40 yards.

It was an amazing effort; he hardly even took much of a run up, which may have caught the keeper unawares, and the ball moved all over the place in the air – Cristiano Ronaldo eat your heart out.

The replays show the ball moving all over the place, much like the style of free-kick made popular by Cristiano Ronaldo and Juninho Pernambucano.

Sadly Sóbis’ brilliance could not inspire his team to a comeback win this time and they eventually conceded the winner late on.

Thanks to 101 Great Goals for bringing it to our attention – watch Rafael Sóbis score an incredible 40-yard free-kick below…

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