A sublime “double backheel” goal scored in Paraguay is being tipped to win the Puskas Award in December.
It occurred during Cerro Porteno’s 2-0 victory over Sportivo Luqueno.
A ball is played out to the right-flank, which takes to winger Jorge Rojas a little too far wide.
However, rather than check back, he backheels it directly behind himself, fooling the onrushing defender.
It comes to Hernan Novick who steps over it with his right foot and, which then then drags back to knock it through his opponent’s leg with his heel with his first touch.
The piece of skill opens up enough space just outside the six yard box for the Uruguayan to curl beyond the Luqueno goalkeeper.
It was a sublime piece of skill, and will surely be in contention to win the “Goal of the Year” award.
One tweeter posted in Spanish that Novick is surely a “contender”, while another insisted he is already “preparing his speech” to receive the gong.
Another told Fifa to “stop looking” as the winner was right here.
While, others in his homeland were less certain, claiming only that he had had “at least earned himself a place on the podium.”
The Puskas Award is handed out every December during the Ballon d’Or ceremony.
In 2017, Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick effort against Crystal Palace came out on top, with Nemanja Matic’s scorcher in the FA Cup semi-final also in the top ten.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo have both won the award, while Neymar edged out Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney in a star-studded 2011 list.