By: Gyang Dakwo
Argentine goalkeeper Leandro Requena scored one of the most outrageous goals you are ever likely to see during his Cobresal side’s 3-1 win over Colo-Colo in Chile’s top soccer league.
With his team already leading 2-0 in the 77th minute, Requena took what initially looked like a fairly innocuous goal kick.
However, with Colo-Colo goalkeeper Brayan Cortés well outside of his penalty area, the ball bounced over his head and towards the goal.
To add to his embarrassment, Cortés stumbled as he tried in vain to chase the ball as it crossed the line.
According to CNN sports, the goal was scored from a distance of 101 meters which, if ratified by Guinness World Records, would break the record for the longest-range goal in history.
The current record is 96.01 meters, set by Tom King in 2021 during a match between Newport County and Cheltenham Town in England’s fourth tier.
“I asked Juan Silva, the club’s manager if the request for the record application was really going to be made and he told me ‘obviously yes,’” Requena told reporters.
“So now we are waiting for what is needed to verify what the distance really was. [Silva] did tell me that the ANFP [Chilean Football Federation] called him to check the measurements of the field.”
FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, recommends the size of a professional soccer pitch should be 105 meters by 68 meters.
“If so, since the area is five meters, it would be logically over 100,” Requena added. “The truth is that I am happy with all this, more than anything personally, but also for the institution, for Chilean football. Going down in history with an event like this makes me happy.”
Requena said he thought altitude – Cobresal’s stadium is 2,400 meters above sea level – might have played a part in his remarkable goal.
“I wanted to take the kick quickly as we have done so many times at altitude, to try to catch the rival off guard and it came out a little stronger than normal,” Requena said.
“The first thing I did as soon as the ball left my foot was to hold my head because there were two players in a clear position to counterattack and I realized that it had gone long.
“When I saw the bounce made it difficult for Brayan and it went past him, I thought the ball could go in.”
Guinness World Records however told CNN that it has not yet received an application for this record.