Amazing as it may seem, it isn’t Nemanja Vidic planting one into the net, nor Thomas Vermaelen with bulging neck muscles aplenty who netted this spectacular 40 yard header. It makes former Liverpool legend Steve Nicol’s 18 yard header against Arsenal on the opening day of the 1988 season look like a tap in.
The goalscorer is Boca Juniors and Argentina striker Martin Palermo. Palermo is in something of a rich vein of form at the moment. Not content with planting one into the back of the net from almost the halfway line with his forehead, the striker also turned up in the last minute of injury time to save Diego Maradona’s bacon and give Argentina a 2-1 victory over Peru in their World Cup qualifying game in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
Palermo however is best remembered for the time when he played for Argentina against Colombia in the 1999 Copa America when he took three penalties and missed them all.
Diego Maradona must be hoping it is the prodigious striker, who has already netted over 220 career goals in a career that has taken him to Spain as well as his native Argentina, that turns up to play against Uruguay on Wednesday night, rather than the errant spot kick taker. Argentina’s world cup future may well boil down to how well Palermo can finish in front of goal.
One just hopes that Dennis Wise hasn’t seen the video, otherwise he may well be advising some poor sap of a manager to take a chance on the 36 year old.
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