Erik Lamela may have stunned the whole of European football on Thursday night with his outrageous 'rabona' goal for Tottenham Hotspur, but fans of River Plate would have been forgiven for their lack of surprise.
Long before the 22-year-old was known to the White Hart Lane faithful, or most of Europe for that matter, he was scoring almost identical goals for the club in his native Argentina.
Lamela, who cost Tottenham a club-record £30 million to sign from AS Roma in 2013, has not had it all his own way since arriving in north London. He failed to convince Andres Villas-Boas or Tim Sherwood last season and looked closer to the exit door than the first team.
The appointment of compatriot Mauricio Pochettino was made to help him settle and on this evidence, it's working. Lamela justified his place in the first team with a ridiculous goal to put Tottenham 2-0 up against Asteras Tripolis on Thursday evening.
Whenever a player tries a Rabona, it is likely to end up as a viral video on the Internet. That is because if it comes off, you are a hero but if you fail, you are very much a fool.
Fortunately for Lamela, his efforts have fallen very much in the former. His effort has not only been shared around the globe, but it has also revealed his first effort, scored when he was still a teenager at River Plate.
Some may see it as an excuse to not use your weaker foot, but there is no denying that Lamela's perfectly executed 18-yard effort looked good. It completely perplexed goalkeeper Tomas Kosicky, who stood no chance.
The question is, which one of his rabona goals is better? Watch his effort for River Plate below!
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