Hulk is more renowned for smashing the ball home with the sheer power than with his finesse.
But during Zenit’s winter training camp in Qatar, the Brazilian striker showed off his outrageous skills to pull off one of the cheekiest penalties ever.
The 29-year-old left Zenit’s number one, Yuri Lodygin, thoroughly embarrassed as he flicked off his boot before taking the kick, sending the goalkeeper diving, and rolling the ball into the net.
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Hulk was, understandably, delighted with his cheeky effort and was joined in a celebration by his teammates, who looked to have also enjoyed the magnificent spot kick.
Lodygin seemed less than impressed though and proceeded to boot the ball at Hulk in a way to express his humiliation.
Whether Hulk would be allowed to perform such an outrageous skill when taking a penalty in an actual match is questionable.
FIFA rules state that “feinting to take a penalty kick to confuse opponents is permitted as part of football.”
However, it goes onto say: “If in the opinion of the referee the feinting is considered an act of unsporting behaviour the player shall be cautioned.”
Hulk has had a good campaign so far with 11 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions this season, helping Zenit top their Champions League group with five victories in their six matches.
However, the Russian champions, managed by former Tottenham manager Andres Villas-Boas, currently sit sixth in the league after 18 matches.
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