Rubin Kazan player Norik Avdalyan is making heads turn after netting a breathtaking back flip penalty during the Under-21 clash against Ural at the weekend.
Scoring a goal from penalty might seem one of the easiest ways to find the back of the net. But a keen observer of the game knows it is not so. Zico, Lionel Messi, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, John Terry Roberto Baggio are some of the handful of stars who missed crucial penalties for their side. Most recently, Riyad Mahrez ballooned over a crucial penalty for Manchester City against Liverpool.
So there is absolutely no denying that a player needs a steely resolve to bury a penalty. Well, Norik Avdalyan has perhaps got something which is far more than only steely resolve as he scored one of the most incredible goals from the spot the game has ever seen.
The Russian starlet sent social media into meltdown after he bamboozled goalkeeper Yaroslav Hodzyur with his audacious spot-kick. The 22-year old, who only joined Rubin in the summer, is making all the right moves at his new side. And the latest goal is bound to enhance his reputation.
The midfielder left the opposition goalkeeper stunned and confused as the ball rifled into the top right corner.
Avdalyan stood as usual the goalkeeper and the referee got ready for the penalty. But as soon as the whistle was blown, Avdalyan took a few steps ahead as if he was taking a regular penalty but instead performed a backward somersault to score. Not surprisingly, he burst into celebration as soon as the ball hit the net.
Here is a clip of that stunner from Norik Avdalyan:
What a penalty by our youth academy player Norik Avdalyan!
— Rubin Kazan UK (@RubinKazanUK) October 8, 2018
The goal, meanwhile, is no fluke. Last year, he had banged in a similar kind of goal for Team NSFL. FC Rubin Kazan also took to Twitter to post a video of their viral star, showing his backflip penalty on the training ground as well.
Rubin-2 player Norik Avdalyan and his amazing backflip penalty on Rubin TV ?
— FC Rubin Kazan (@fcrk_en) October 8, 2018