We don’t know a whole lot about this goal other than that it happened in Argentina’s futsal league – or so Deadspin tells us. But that’s okay. The sheer beauty of this goal and everything about it stands on its own, free of context.
First, there’s the huddle, which seems to suggest that somebody had actually taken the time to draw up this play beforehand and order it deployed at a carefully-chosen moment.
Then, of course, there’s the two marginally out-of-shape players in the hot pink jerseys – which are amazing in their own right – trundling at each other and, with the benefit of replay, blatantly looking for the collision and dramatically tumbling over to confound the defenders. Their teammate now swoops in to whack the free kick into the stupefied opponents’ net.
The shot, if you play the grainy video frame by frame, seems to go through the wall and then through the goalkeeper’s legs. So that’s 10 bonus points right there.
And now comes the best part. The celebration. It’s hard to say how much of a crowd there was, but the noise it generates is respectable. But much more fun is the shooter’s double fist-pumping and the now-risen tumblers’ World Cup-winning embrace of each other.
This goal clearly meant a great deal to them. And now it does to us as well.