A youth soccer player in Russia has taken the internet by storm after scoring a penalty in gymnastic fashion.
Norik Avdalyan is a youth player for Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan, and in a match situation he displayed a level of confidence which will undoubtedly stand him in good stead.
Avdalyan not only stepped up to take the penalty in the second half of the game, but slotted it away somewhat unbelievably with a back flip:
What a penalty by our youth academy player Norik Avdalyan! 🥋 https://t.co/IM1hLCMadW— Rubin Kazan UK (@Rubin Kazan UK) 1538986533.0
Avdalyan's team was impressed with his acrobatic goal:
Avdalyan is 22 years old and joined our 2nd team Rubin-2 this summer. He’s making quite the impression!— Rubin Kazan UK (@Rubin Kazan UK) 1538998390.0
The young soccer star even recreated the epic kick in a video explaining how he seemingly defied gravity:
Rubin-2 player Norik Avdalyan and his amazing backflip penalty on Rubin TV 📺 https://t.co/HFxSLNjNOa— FC Rubin Kazan (@FC Rubin Kazan) 1539011696.0
Once video of the goal hit the internet, it became a viral sensation, with plenty of people singing Avdalyan's praises:
from now i'm only taking penalties like this https://t.co/HQBSzUzaF1— sam wollaston (@sam wollaston) 1539067286.0
The degree of difficulty should be the tie-breaker in all penalty shootouts https://t.co/CAMphWsaZi— The Scoreline Diminishes (@The Scoreline Diminishes) 1539066593.0
Flipping brilliant! Rubin Kazan youngster Norik Avdalyan scores stunning backflip penalty to equalise during Under… https://t.co/5xmOyQra3N— MailOnline Sport (@MailOnline Sport) 1539000015.0
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THIS!? 😳 https://t.co/4M5180zg9G— ESPN FC (@ESPN FC) 1539019755.0
@RubinKazanUK Real life foos ball! https://t.co/6hyS9asnoP— Sean Skyler (@Sean Skyler) 1539094846.0
It's a good thing he didn't miss...
Some were quick to point out that it's actually been done before:
@ESPNFC yes https://t.co/IlbjTNBDNh— Will Eunice (@Will Eunice) 1539029129.0
@ESPNFC https://t.co/opnkSDBllg Proof it has been done before— ALHS Boys Soccer (@ALHS Boys Soccer) 1539020048.0
@ESPNFC https://t.co/x9RUNTYUBc— Louis Ricard (@Louis Ricard) 1539049096.0
But, just to be safe, maybe don't try this at home if you aren't a seasoned pro:
@RubinKazanUK @PMaxted94 let's recreate this 🤣 https://t.co/70Zup5Njeb— Mr Apocalypse. (@Mr Apocalypse.) 1539091931.0
@samwollaston Me too https://t.co/tpcRfvKHK1— ΛNCIΞИT匚ㄥㄖㄩᗪ (@ΛNCIΞИT匚ㄥㄖㄩᗪ) 1539099698.0
@ESPNFC This would be me if I tried that... https://t.co/Vmf7OD7B81— Don Alex⚽️🏀🏈 (@Don Alex⚽️🏀🏈) 1539092456.0
And if you are a professional, you've been put on notice:
@ESPNFC https://t.co/CHU9oVusf8— elliot kurtis (@elliot kurtis) 1539024382.0
A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.