Insane, Completely Unnecessary Erik Lamela Rabona Is the Soccer Goal of the Year (Videos)

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I could just cut to the chase and show you the Erik Lamela Rabona, but it’s better if I explain a few things first.

First, Erik Lamela has scored just one goal for Tottenham in 29 appearances since transferring from Roma last year and has been considered by fans to be an epic disappointment.

Second, despite what it may look like in the image above, the rabona is not some latin dance step. (Well, there is a Tango move called the rabona, but let’s not get sidetracked.) It’s a fancy soccer kick in which you plant one foot on to the side of the ball, then reach behind that leg with the outside foot to strike the ball.

Why would anyone do this? Well, if you get wrong-footed it can be useful, and if you are trying to be deceptive it’s a neat trick. But mostly it’s just for showoffs.

Enter Erik Lamela. In Europa League action against Asteras Tripoli yesterday, he scored twice. And the first goal came on a rabona from just outside the 18-yard box.

Behold the Erik Lamela Rabona:

Was that incredible? Absolutely.

Was it necessary? Absolutely not. The left-footed Lamela could easily have taken the exact same shot with his right foot. But like an 11-year-old in a suburban rec league, Lamela only uses one foot…which is absurd considering that he is getting paid $5 million this year.

But hey, sometimes stupid decisions lead to amazing outcomes. And this was one of those times.

Hat Tip – [Dirty Tackle]

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