Monday 23 October 2017

Watch: Move aside Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Messi and Neymar - Barca teenager has scored one of the great goals

Jordi Mboula picked the ball up near the halfway line and out on the right wing: Pic - Barca TV
Jordi Mboula picked the ball up near the halfway line and out on the right wing: Pic - Barca TV

Jack de Menezes

Barcelona aren’t unfamiliar with the odd wonder goal, given the likes of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Neymar have dazzled the Nou Camp over the last two decades, but when something special happens inside the club’s youth team, it’s worth taking notice.

That’s exactly what happened on Wednesday when Barcelona Under-19s defeated Borussia Dortmund Under-19s 4-1 in the Uefa Youth League, where young 17-year-old Jordi Mboula made a name for himself by scoring a goal that even Messi would be proud of.

Barcelona’s youth team were cruising through the last-16 tie after goals from Carles Perez, Abel Ruiz and Seungwoo Lee came after Dortmund took a surprise lead just six minutes into the tie through Dominik Wanner.

However, the icing on the cake would be applied by Mboula, whose wonder goal quickly went viral on social media.

Picking the ball up on halfway next to the right sideline, he fainted inside before spinning past the first defender and beating him for pace on the outside. As he reached the box, Mboula had two defenders now in his way, yet he negotiated them with ease by flicking the ball off the inside of his right foot onto his left and nipping through the smallest of gaps between the pair.

Left with the goalkeeper to beat, he calmly slots the ball past Eike Bansen and turns away to celebrate, leaving the Dortmund defenders left staring in despair and at a loss at how to stop the teenager.

Mboula has flourished on the right wing for Barcelona’s Under-19s this season and has already featured in the Barcelona B squad on occasion, and this latest wonder goal has only strengthened calls for the Spaniard to be moved up on a permanent basis next season.

Independent News Service

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