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Lorient forward Armand Laurienté has channeled his inner Juninho Pernambucano by scoring one of the all-time great free-kick goals. You don't believe me? Just take a look at this.
The ball dipped and swerved in mid-air before nestling into the back of the net.
Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont had no chance as Lauriente's teammates put their hands up in disbelief. WHAT A GOAL!
It was all over already:sob::sob::sob::sob: pic.twitter.com/ZhyjkLJvH5- mx (@MessiMX10i) March 21, 2021
Lauriente's magnifique effort from range cancelled out Randal Kolo Muani's goal in the opening minutes to help Lorient pick up a point in their bid for Ligue 1 survival.
But it was that dipping free-kick from the French forward that will undoubtedly grab the headlines.
88' GOOOOL DO LORIENT!
:soccer: Armand Lauriente@FCNantes 1x1 @FCLorient #FCNFCL pic.twitter.com/9OJ5MolXwH
- Ligue 1 Português (@Ligue1_POR) March 21, 2021
Lauriente has some way to good to match the great Juninho. In eight seasons playing for Ligue 1 side Lyon, Pernambucano netted a total of 100 goals, with 44 of those coming from direct free-kicks.
To put his record into further perspective, the Brazilian scored 77 free-kicks during a 20 year career, scoring for the likes of Vasco da Gama, Al-Gharafa and his hometown club Sport Club do Recife.
I mean, just look at this compilation of his very best strikes. His technique and accuracy is something else.
It's Juninho Pernambucano's birthday, so here he is nonchalantly pinging free-kicks like he's scratching his arse on a Sunday afternoon.pic.twitter.com/SwmAWor1cX
- A Funny Old Game (@sid_lambert) January 30, 2021
The only person that even comes close to the Lyon legend is goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, who netted 61 career free-kicks.
The former Sao Paulo man holds the record for the most direct free-kicks scored by a player with one club.
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