Is it too late to sneak this ridiculous goal from Patrick Kluivert into the FIFA Puskas Award shortlist?
There haven’t been many more audacious - or better, for that matter - goals scored over the past 12 months than this one.
The 39-year-old, playing for a Barcelona legends team against Uganda All-Stars, was a good 40 yards from goal when he somehow lobbed young keeper Jamal Salim with his first touch off the outside of his right boot. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Kluivert scored some impressive goals during his career but it could be argued that none of them came remotely close to matching this one on the spectacular scale.
“Nice to see that the touch is still there 😉 #ugandavsbarcalegends,” Kluivert, who retired in 2008, tweeted on Monday afternoon.
Kluivert was a top striker in his pomp
At his peak, Kluivert was one of the best goalscorers in the world.
He led the line at the Camp Nou for six years between 1998 and 2004, scoring 120 goals in 255 appearances - a decent return for a world-class forward pre the Messi and Ronaldo era.
The former Netherlands international then enjoyed spells with Newcastle United, Valencia, PSV and Lille before hanging up his boots.
Unfortunately for Kluivert - who lined up alongside the likes of Luis Garcia, who produced the assist for his wonder-goal and Ludovic Giuly - Barcelona were beaten 5-3 by the locals.
But it was Kluivert who provided the 10,000 spectators inside the stadium with a memory they’ll never forget.
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