Blind footballer scores incredible solo goal at Paralympics

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After a busy sporting summer, the Paralympics are well under way in Rio, Brazil.

Home to footballing greats such as Pele, Garrincha, Ronaldinho, and Ronaldo, perhaps one of the best goals scored of the modern era on Brazilian turf came from an unlikely source- a blindfolded footballer during Iran’s encounter with Morocco at the Paralympics on Sunday.

Behzad Zadaliasghari, a visually impaired Iranian football star, seemed to give an ode to Zinedine Zidane as he glided past four opponents with ease before slotting the ball into the back of the net.


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The incredible solo strike gave the Iranian team a two-goal cushion, and gave them a chance to finish top of the Group A pool, but only if they beat Brazil tonight.

The five-a-side tournament consists of four outfield players, with some level of visual impairment, who are blindfolded so that they are completely blind during play. The keepers, however, are full sighted.

The ball is equipped with a sound making mechanism so that the players can locate it, making this goal all the more spectacular.

You can see the sensational solo goal in the video below.

The Rio 2016 Paralympics has given a great platform to many spectacular disabled athletes, such as Zadaliasghari, this summer, allowing them to showcase the skills they have developed despite all of their adversities.

The Games, which finish on Sunday, are currently lead by China with a whopping 118 medals. Iran currently sit in a respectable 17th position out of the 68 countries competing.

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