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Paul Gascoigne Scored An 'Unstoppable' Rabona Penalty That Many People Have Only Just Seen

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Paul Gascoigne Scored An 'Unstoppable' Rabona Penalty That Many People Have Only Just Seen

It turns out former Newcastle United, Rangers and Middlesbrough midfielder Paul Gascoigne is responsible for scoring one of the first 'rabona penalties' in football history.

Back in 1990, 'Gazza' was playing for Spurs in Danny Blanchflower's testimonial against a Northern Ireland XI when the Lilywhites were awarded a penalty after Paul Allen was hacked down.

Gascoigne, who was only 23-years-old at the time, grabbed the ball and proceeded to fool Ireland's shot-stopper with an unstoppable rabona; a skill move that was almost unheard of back in the early 90's.

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Judging by the reaction from social media, a fair few people have only just discovered the clip.

As you can see in the above video, those inside White Hart Lane voiced their appreciation in unison, with cheers of "OOOOH" ringing around the 36,000 capacity stadium.

It was a moment of genius that sums up the supremely talented Gascoigne, who will go down as one of the greatest players in England's history.

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Six years after that testimonial goal, Gascoigne would produce some sublime performances at Euro 96. In fact, a compilation of his performances at the tournament have gone viral of late.

England made it all the way to the semi-finals that summer while Gascoigne made everything look way too easy. Just take a look at the below.

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Gascoigne was also a character off the pitch and a story involving Diego Maradona sums him up to a tee.

He signed for Lazio in 1992, a year after Argentine genius Maradona had left Napoli, but they met later without Gazza even realising it at first.

"At a charity game, I remember I wanted a lighter and I'd seen a little fella outside with a hat on and a big long cigar," Gascoigne said on Good Morning Britain.

"I just went up from behind him and said: 'Can I borrow your lighter please?' And he turned round, it was Diego - so I started laughing. I shared a bit of cigar with him and we clicked then, you know?"

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What's your favourite Gascoigne moment?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Football, Paul Gascoigne, Tottenham Hotspur, England

Jack Kenmare
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