Fabio Martins bags Puskas contender with incredible heel flick goal

Alright, it may only be January, and this will almost definitely not be the last time we tout an effort as a Puskas contender, but my god this is good.

It came courtesy of Fabio Martins, who is currently plying his trade with Saudi Arabian club, Al-Shabab FC, who he joined on loan from Braga back in September.

The Portuguese winger picked up the ball on the halfway line, producing a lovely turn which left his marker for dead and then driving forward with the ball.

After finding a teammate, Martins continues his run into the box where he’s picked out with a neat cutback, but one that was bobbling and left the 27-year-old with plenty to do.

What followed was a wonderful piece of ingenuity, a split-second reaction that captures exactly why we love this game so bloody much.

Instead of trying to get his foot over the ball, Martins catches the ball perfectly with a sort of mid-air backheel that’s pulled off with such nonchalance, it’s almost easy to not even realise what he had just done.

The Puskas award was created to celebrate the “most beautiful” goal scored that year, by that description, surely this stands a pretty good chance.

Son Heung-min beat out stiff competition to take home the latest award, for his sublime solo effort against Burnley in December 2019.

Surely this is could be in with a shout this time round?

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