Splat! Sao Paulo’s Rafael Toloi scores 40-yard free-kick clocked at 80mph
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a ferocious free-kick that makes Roberto Carlos strikes look like apologetic scuffs. Playing mid-week against Universidad de Chile, Sao Paolo’s Rafael Toloi ran-up to the ball and smacked it as if he had caught it in bed with his wife.
The ensuing abuse of physics saw the ball spear through the air straight, true and bloody quick. We are not sure exactly who was holding the speed gun, but the Brazilian press have slapped a 130kph (80mph) label on the goal, which rattled off the post and into the flinching net.
Delightfully, the billboard behind the goal read ‘Canon – power shot’ – some of the most astoundingly pertinent advertising you’ll ever see.
The commentary doesn’t let us down either. The routine lung-busting squeals of ‘goooooool’ are nicely complimented here by music that would normally arrive at your ears upon a stage completion of Sonic the Hedgehog.