Samuel Soares: Benfica Youth Goalkeeper Scores Puskas Worthy Goal

Samuel Soares: Benfica Youth Goalkeeper Scores Puskas Worthy Goal

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
  • Benfica Youth goalkeeper Samuel Soares scored an incredible goal from his penalty area that went all the way to his opponent's goal
  • Fans have called for the goal to be immediately awarded the Puskas winner for this season
  • However, Soares won't be eligible as his shot ricocheted off the goalkeeper and thus will go down as an own goal

Goalkeepers rarely score goals. Their work is to keep them from going in unless they are like the famous Jose Luis Chilavert, who scored over 40 goals from set pieces.

In the second division of Portugal's league, Benfica Youth goalkeeper Samuel Soares scored a beautiful goal.

Samuel Soares, Benfica Youth, Puskas award, goal of the season
Samuel Soares celebrates after scoring against Trofense on November 7. Credit: @ManolisGiak83
Source: Twitter

Benfica were trailing Trofense when Soares decided to take matters into his own hands. He pushed the ball forward from his penalty area before launching it forward with a very heavy kick.

The ball flew past Trofenese's goalkeeper Miguel Santos, sending Soares and his teammates into a frenzy. They ended up winning 2-1, with Luis Semedo scoring the winner late on.

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Fans online have called for the goal to be awarded the Puskas award for this season. The 20-year-old explained afterwards what was running through his mind as he took the shot.

"I saw that their goalkeeper was one step ahead and, having the wind in my favour, I decided to take a risk. It went well; it is something that will remain etched in the memory of many," as quoted by Givemesport.

Former Gunner Podolski scored similarly

Sports Brief had earlier reported that former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has hit the headlines, after scoring a wondrous goal inside his own half for Polish side Gornik Zabrze.

The 37-year-old has a reputation for scoring stunners, and his latest was just another one in his huge catalogue of stupendous strikes.

Podolski won the World cup with Germany in 2014. Still, he has faded into obscurity after exiting the Gunners in 2015, playing for several clubs in and out of Europe, according to Planet Football.

Since leaving Arsene Wenger's side in 2015, Podolski has played for Inter Milan, Vissel Kobe, Galatasaray and Antalyaspor before joining his current club Gornik Zabrze.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)