Pachuca midfielder Daniel Luduena 'did a Xabi Alonso' by scoring from well inside his own half in a Mexican league match against Tigres on Saturday night.
With the match poised at 1-1, Luduena - who was born in Argentina but is eligible to play for Mexico - picked up the ball deep inside his own half, spotted the keeper off his line and launched a remarkable 70-yard lob over Enrique Eduardo Palos' head and into the net.
It was reminiscent of great goals scored by the likes of Xabi Alonso, David Beckham and Nayim and will surely net him a domestic goal of the season award, and possibly even put him into contention for FIFA's annual gong.
The goal came early in the second half and, fittingly, it proved to be the winner.
Luduena, 31, started his career at River Plate in his native Argentine, but moved to Mexico with Tecos UAG in 2004.
The talented playmaker, who is yet to represent either country internationally, became a starter at the Guadalajara-based club before earning a move to Santos Laguna, where he spent the best part of his career and won two Clausura titles.
He only joined Pachuca this season - but with goals like this, he can expect to be a first-teamer for a few years yet.
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