There are those truly extraordinary moments in sports that rarely ever happen. And when they do happen, you know right then and there that you will never forget it. Wayne Rooney of Manchester United provided just such a moment this weekend with a piece of skill that was nothing short of spectacular.
In the Manchester Derby, against United’s local rivals Manchester City, Rooney won the game with an overhead “bicycle” kick that brought ever one who saw it to their feet. While not unique, Rooney’s goal was an breathtaking strike late in the huge game, just the kind of drama that makes us love sports.
While watching the replay in slow-motion, I couldn’t help but recall another equally dramatic and similarly struck goal. And I am certain that after seeing it I was not at all the only person who thought of Pele’s goal at the end of the film “Victory”. Sometime, life does imitate art.
by Dave McBride