Former Manchester City star Aymeric Laporte has scored a stunning goal from inside his own half for Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr against Inter Miami.
The fixture was billed as ‘The Last Dance’ between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, with the two players on opposing sides.
However, neither player is starting the game because of injury, although Messi has been named on Inter Miami’s bench.
Al Nassr raced into a 3-0 lead at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh – with the most special goal arriving courtesy of an incredible strike from Spain international Laporte.
The goal even caught out the cameras, who missed it live while showing a replay.
Take a look at the goal below.
Aymeric Laporte scored this from Europe (basically) ☄️
— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 1, 2024
Laporte’s goal put Al Nassr 3-0 up inside just 12 minutes against their MLS opposition, with Otavio and Anderson Talisca scoring the opening two goals for Luis Castro’s side.
And despite not being involved for the Saudi Pro League side in Riyadh, Ronaldo is still present at the stadium – and his delight at seeing Laporte score from such a distance out was there for all to see.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to Laporte’s half way line goal. 😂💛 pic.twitter.com/nVZWyKSmLN
— TC (@totalcristiano) February 1, 2024
Even though Messi is out of action, meanwhile, Inter Miami are still fielding the legendary Barcelona trio of Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez.
Both teams are at different stages in terms of fitness, with the MLS side just beginning their pre-season schedule. Al Nassr, meanwhile, are still in the middle of their Saudi Pro League campaign.
Inter Miami lost 4-3 to Al Hilal on Monday, with Suarez and Messi both getting on the scoresheet.
However, despite young Honduran midfielder David Ruiz levelling the scores at 3-3 on 55 minutes – one minute after Messi had scored from the penalty spot – Malcom scored a late winner for the table-topping Saudi Pro League side.