Ajax full-back Ruben Ligeon kicked off pre-season in spectacular fashion this weekend by scoring an absolute screamer just over a minute into a friendly against Wacker Innsbruck in Austria, catching a volley so sweet that it flew into top corner from a highly improbable angle.
Ligeon seized his chance after surging forward early on to meet a deflected pass from Lasse Schone, taking full advantage of a kind bounce to crash home the opener in a 5-1 Ajax victory.
That scoreline holds horrible recent memories for the Amsterdam giants, who were beaten by minnows PEC Zwolle in the Dutch cup final by that crushing margin in their last competitive match, but preparations for next season have got off to a flier.
One to watch
The 22-year-old is a player who has shown strong promise at right-back for Ajax without managing to establish himself as a first-team regular just yet, but his manager Frank De Boer had reason to sit up and take notice of this wonder strike.
Ligeon made eight appearances last year and will be pushing for more this season, although Ajax fans should probably not expect a repeat of this weekend's heroics at the Amsterdam Arena on a regular basis.
All eyes are currently on the World Cup, particularly in Holland as they gear up for a semi-final against Argentina, but Ajax are already well into preparations for the new Eredivise season and on this evidence have an a contender for goal of the year before playing a meaningful match.
Check out Ligeon's spectacular strike at the top of the page, and feel free to suggest a goal you've seen in a friendly which tops this if you can think of one from the archives.
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