A video of Erling Haaland completing a seemingly impossible training drill has been circulating on social media this afternoon, although it's hard to know whether we can really believe what we're seeing.
Even Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker reacted to the video on Twitter, which was first posted by the English language Bundesliga page.
In the short clip, we see the Dortmund marksman balancing three footballs on top of each other - a hard enough task as it is.
He then proceeds to fire each ball directly at a target in the top corner of the goal, one after another, with metronomic accuracy.
For some, the trick was simply too good to be true - leading to accusations of camera trickery.
That's not real BTW, that's just elite editing to place 3 balls on top of each other- :gem:¹⁴ :flag_black: (@CoutinhoBeast) October 14, 2021
That's why he takes a 3 second break between shots to make it easy
Just about as real as Santa Clause :santa:- André Noruega (@AndreOstgaard) October 14, 2021
However, if the trick was faked by the Bundesliga social media team, it certainly seemed to fool Lineker. The 1986 World Cup Golden Boot winner quote tweeted the original video with a surprised emoji.
He wasn't the only one to believe the stunt either, as, at the time of writing, the original B/R Football tweet has garnered over 21k likes.
"At some point, I'm going to bring evidence that shows he was Created in the Lab," one Twitter user replied.
Another pointed out the similarities between the Haaland video, and a similarly viral Ronaldinho video from over 15 years ago.
Hate to break it to people, but this isn't real, and neither is when Ronaldinho hit the bar 5 times in a row.- SAm Khan (@sam7realchelsea) October 14, 2021
Uploaded to YouTube in 2006, the Nike Football clip appeared to show the Brazilian trickster hitting the crossbar five times in a row from outside the penalty box. For many years, most viewers believed it was real - only to eventually have their bubble burst.
We somehow get the feeling that the Bundesliga social media team have played a similarly cruel prank on fans here.
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