Defender Aymeric Laporte became a talking point in the football world when he scored an impressive goal in the friendly between Al-Nassr, Cristiano Ronaldo’s team, and Inter Miami, Lionel Messi’s club. The teams faced each other this Thursday (1st/2), at the Kingdom Arena, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The home team didn’t give the Americans a chance and won 6-0.
Injured, Cristiano Ronaldo did not participate in the game and watched from the stands. He was surprised in the 12th minute, when Laporte, born in France and naturalized Spanish, decided to take a free kick from before midfield. The former Manchester City defender realized that Drake Callender, Inter Miami goalkeeper, was ahead of him, and hit high with his left foot.
Saudi channel broadcast SSC Sport captured the moment when Cristiano Ronaldo pointed to the ball’s trajectory and raised his arms with a wide smile on his face. And Laporte was greatly celebrated by his teammates for his incredible goal.
Until then, the 29-year-old, 1.91m defender trained at Athletic Bilbao, in Spain, had never scored from a free kick. Most of the goals were headed – 18 out of a total of 27, according to the website Transfermarkt.
Goal similar to Chilavert
Laporte’s goal was reminiscent of the iconic goal scored by Paraguayan goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert. On March 22, 1996, the number 1 of Vélez Sarsfield, from Argentina, surprised the spectators at the José Amalfitani stadium by taking a free kick before midfield against River Plate. Germán Burgos, the opposing archer, fell back when he was unable to make the save.
Vélez, who beat River 2-1, took an important step towards winning the Clausura Tournament of the Argentine Championship. The club had already won the 1995 Apertura.
Chilavert became known in world football both for his quality under the goalposts and for his powerful left-footed shots. The goalkeeper-scorer played more than 800 games in his career and scored 62 goals – 15 from free kicks, 45 from penalties and two with the ball rolling.
For many years, the Paraguayan remained the goalkeeper with the most goals in football, until he was overtaken by Rogério Ceni, an idol from São Paulo, who scored 131 goals (61 from a free kick, 69 from a penalty and one from a rolling ball).