Everaldo Stum is not a name that the average football fan will be familiar with.
And that’s more than understandable. The Brazilian forward has been something of a journeyman since he made his senior bow way back in 2011.
Everaldo first started out at Gremio in his homeland, before going on to represent nine other clubs from Brazil over an eight-year period.
The 30-year-old also spent a short time in Mexico with Queretaro, as well as having a brief stint out in Saudi Arabia playing for Al-Faisaly.
These days, Everaldo can be found at Japanese outfit Kashima Antlers, where he’s been playing his football since 2020.
And the Brazilian’s latest goal for the team has seen him go from a relative unknown on social media to a viral sensation.
In Kashima Antlers’ home match against Cerezo Osaka on Wednesday afternoon UK time, Everaldo salvaged a point for his side in the 89th minute of play with the most incredible bicycle kick.
He collected the ball inside the penalty area and the flicked it over the head of an opponent, a move which pushed him further wide than he would have initially hoped.
But instead of controlling the ball and looking to cross it to a teammate, Everaldo opted to shoot in acrobatic fashion from the very tight angle and we’re so, so thankful that he did.
The ball sailed over the helpless Cerezo Osaka ‘keeper, which sparked scenes of pandemonium among the Kashima Antlers players.
Believe us when we say Everaldo’s bicycle kick is one of the greatest in the sport’s history…
Video: Everaldo’s insane bicycle kick during Kashima Antlers 3-3 Cerezo Osaka
🤯🤯🤯 WHAT A GOAL! 🔥⚽️— J.LEAGUE Official EN (@J_League_En) July 6, 2022
🇧🇷🦌 EVERALDO with the BICYCLE KICK of all BICYCLE KICKS for Kashima Antlers! 😱🚲 pic.twitter.com/vedfFfyYjS
Wow, wow, WOW!
If that goal isn’t at the very least nominated for the 2022 FIFA Puskas Award, then Everaldo has been robbed.
To have the audacity to perform the move is one thing, but to pull it off so stylishly under enormous pressure is quite extraordinary.
Most people would struggle to score a goal that good down their local park playing with friends, let alone in the final minutes of a professional match.
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Everaldo’s wonder-strike, which levelled the scores at 3-3, means Kashima Antlers remain second in the J1 League table, five points behind leaders Yokohama FM.
The Brazilian’s goal was only his second in league action so far in 2022, although he has missed a lot of the current season with a groin injury.
But he also found the back of the net in Kashima Antlers’ previous match, a 2-1 victory over Kashiwa Reysol, so maybe he’s hitting a run of form.