Discover more about US Cremonese midfielder Michele Castagnetti, who scored a wonderful long distance goal that may be a serious candidate for the Puskas Award
Nothing in football is as satisfying as scoring a long distance goal. Especially if you do it intentionally from your own half of the pitch and help your team to get 3 crucial points to avoid relegation. That’s what happened with Michele Castagnetti, US Cremonese midfielder born in 1989 who might just have scored one of the best goals of the year. During the game against Virtus Entella, a team currently occupying the last place of Serie B (Italian second division) leaderboard, Castagnetti decided that the kick of the opponents’ goalie Borra was the perfect assist for a 70-yard strike out of the blue that went straight under the bar to make it 2-0 after 60′. Have a look for yourself here:
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After being promoted twice to Serie A with Spal and Empoli in 2017 and 2018, Castagnetti joined Cremonese and has since been one of the best midfileders of the entire team (along with another interesting talent as Gaetano Castrovilli). But his goal against Entella is not at all a casualty: he already scored a worldie last year against Frosinone (video below) and he also had two great goals from long range distance against Venezia and Ternana back to 2019 and 2018. Will he be a candidate for the Puskas Award? We definitely hope so. The video went viral and the word is spreading all around. FIFA cannot ignore this.
At the end of the match, Castagnetti said: «The goalkeeper asked me if I actually meant to score, but I didn’t. I saw him sweeping and tried to put the ball back close to the strikers in order to create a chance».