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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

WATCH: Is this Russian player's penalty the most outrageous ever scored?

Penalties are a simple concept - just hit the back of the net from 12 yards with only the goalkeeper to beat. Some players however like to complicate matters.

Arsenal's Robert Pires and Thierry Henry come to mind when they tried to pass to each other against Manchester City in 2005 but embarrassingly messed up.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were more successful with that trick for Barcelona in 2006, while Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen did it for Ajax in 1982.

Now though, there's a new contender for the most outrageous penalty ever scored - step, or should that be leap, forward Russian National Student Soccer League player Norik Avdalyan.

The 22-year-old was playing for Kazan National Technical University against Chuvash State Pedagogical University in Kazan on Sunday when he had the chance to score from the spot in his side's 4-0 victory.

Everything appeared conventional as he approached the ball until suddenly he spun his body over into a somersault at the same time as he connected with the ball, sending it into the top corner with impressive accuracy.

However, it's one thing doing it in front of 80,000 fans at the Camp Nou, and another in front of a crowd consisting of the ballboy behind the goal, from whom he earns a round of applause.

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