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Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp is widely recognized for producing the silkiest touch to ever lead to a goal against Newcastle United in 2002, while hipsters argue that Stoke City’s Ricardo Fuller rivaled that beauty. with his bump and bang against Aston Villa in 2008.
But both players should be looking nervously over their shoulders as they embrace their applause, because Bayer Leverkusen star Nadiem Amiri has just left and thrown home one of the most skillful and racy goals you can see.
The German giants took on Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon, and while they missed their chance to beat Bayern Munich to the top of the Bundesliga by falling in a 2-1 loss, they gifted the spectators with one of the goals. it’s from the season.
With the game going 0-0 after just 10 minutes, Amiri decided to go around the world with a moment of genius, brilliance, quick thinking and composure to the next level.
Young Florian Wirtz picked up the ball on the right side and cut inside looking to hurt the Frankfurt defense. The teenager slid into the box and, seeing a penetrating vertical run from Amiri, chose to delicately cut the ball in the German’s path.
Good idea, but the execution was not quite there. The pass fell just a touch from the midfielder, and his explosive run meant the ball fell behind his goal.
But greatness laughs at adversity. Amiri acknowledged that the ball’s trajectory was slightly off course and instead of stopping in its tracks or attempting a first pass to a teammate, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
Amiri half turned, now with his back to the goal, and pulled out a right boot to put the drugged ball under his spell.
The offensive midfielder’s majestic touch sent the ball spinning through the defender’s legs, killing all the pace on the pass and leaving the duped marker scrambling desperately to try and regain possession.
However, Amiri was too quick. He pirouetted and ran to the ball, but the keeper was just as alert, running and reaching out to cover the goal. However, not to miss his career goal, Amiri simply took another tap to widen his angle and executed the most brazen of rear heels, squeezing his shot through the plug legs.
A Bergkamp pirouette, a double nutmeg and a back heel all in one goal. You couldn’t ask for a better way to kick off the Puskas Award for 2021. We may have already seen our winner.