The spirit of Roberto Carlos’ left foot lives on in professional football.
Cast your minds back to 1 February 1998, when Real Madrid played Tenerife.
Bobby Carlos scored one of the best goals ever to grace a game (if he meant it) after somehow squeezing a shot in from the corner flag.
Carlos retired from the game in 2015, finishing his career at Delhi Dynamos. Or did he?
Back to the present day and a Turkish Cup game between Bucaspor and Sivasspor.
Bucaspor’s left-back Abdullah Balikuv wound back the years by scoring an exact replica of Carlos’s strike.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Even if Balikuv never plays for Madrid, Fenerbahce or Brazil he’ll always be able to hold onto his own little piece of history.
Not a bad way to score your first goal in senior football.
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