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Claudinho scores early contender for the Puskas award in Brazil

There are very few things in football more aesthetically pleasing to the enthusiast’s eye than a well-worked training ground routine brought to life in a match: some would debate that they’re even better than mazy runs, shots from distance or extraordinary acrobatic efforts.

Red Bull Bragantino scored such an exceptional team goal against Flamengo in the Brazilian Serie A, capped off by some individual brilliance in the end.

The move consisted of eight passes straight from the restart of play in the second half, as Bragantino cut open the Flamengo team like a hot knife on butter with some really incisive play till they reached the final third.

When they did reach the final third with the ball being passed to forward Claudinho in front of goal, it was all down to the Brazilian’s ability to finish the move: and he did not disappoint.

Claudinho displayed incredible individual ability to firstly bring the ball under his control with his first touch, while he juggled the ball away from an onrushing defender with his second: and finished the move with an even better third one with his left foot, as he slotted the ball into the top left corner of the goal.

The effort will most likely go down as a genuine contender for the Puskas Award, for the best goal of the season in a list which will inevitably have instances of better individual brilliance: but it might as well overshadow its competition purely as an excellent team effort.

Claudinho’s goal was a collective team effort worthy of being preserved in the club archives for years, as a moment when all the hard work sown on the training pitch were reaped in a surreal passing combination capped with an equally stunning finish.

By Sagarneel Chakraborty

Football enthusiast for a decade.

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