You’re not a real football fan if you haven’t at one point claimed that you could have scored the same goal a professional scored in a competitive match.
“Even I could have scored that”, is a phrase commonly uttered when a player converts a chance that looks relatively easy from either the stands or the comfort of an armchair.
Football lovers make that claim in the knowledge that they’ll never have to prove whether it is indeed accurate.
But back in 2019, AS Roma decided to put one of their fans in the position to be proven wrong.
The supporter, Marco Nicolai, left a comment on a Cengiz Under highlight reel posted to Roma’s official Facebook page, in which he stated that he could have scored one of the goals.
So, Roma asked Marco to come to the Stadio Olimpico and put his money where his mouth is, giving him three opportunities to recreate Under’s finish against Parma.
There were a number of fans inside the ground watching and sadly for the lad, things didn’t exactly go his way.
Check out what happened here…
Video: Roma fan Marco tries to recreate Under’s goal vs Parma
Imagine saying, ‘Even I could have scored that goal’ and getting brought to the Olimpico to prove it!— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 11, 2019
But that’s exactly what happened to Marco, thanks to @HyundaiEurope! 🙈
Unlucky, Marco. The young Roma fan unfortunately failed to replicate Under’s goal in all three of his attempts.
Marco slipped and fell over in rather comical fashion on his first try, before scuffing the ball and failing to find the back of the net on his second go.
He went closest on his third attempt, but the effort went narrowly wide of the goal.
“You’ll never write that again?,” Marco was asked on the sideline afterwards, to which he replied: “I don’t think so, no.”
Is Under still at Roma?
Under is technically still a Roma player, although he spent the 2021/22 campaign on loan at Marseille.
The Turkish winger was a bit of a success in France. In 32 Ligue 1 outings, the 24-year-old winger scored 10 goals and assisted a further three.
Maybe Jose Mourinho should hand him a chance to prove himself at Roma next season…