There are goals that remain in memory. That of Pedro Miguel Pauleta in April 2004 is one. It is one of the most beautiful achievements of the Classic Paris-Marseille. It is also one of the outstanding gestures of the 2000s in Ligue 1. “It is played in a fraction of a second between execution and purpose. This goal is magnificent, one of the most beautiful that I have seen for sure, and in addition it is located in a particular context. It was still a PSG-OM. And we know everything that is going on around all this. All of this makes it an exceptional goal, ”recalled Frédéric Déhu - former Parisian then Marseillais - in an interview with Foot sur 7 in 2015.
A great inspiration
While we are in the first quarter of an hour of play, the Paris center forward is served in depth by a teammate. He recovered the ball in the area, but the ex-player of the Girondins de Bordeaux was directly embarrassed by Fabien Barthez, out of his cages. The Parisian therefore cannot strike. He decides to offset himself by making a relatively long hook and finds himself outside the surface, in a completely closed angle. The Marseille porter returns to his goals. But when we thought that the player of the capital club would calm the game or center, he made the decision to turn around quickly and try a lob, practically impossible. A great inspiration.
"Isn't he going to try that anyway?"Frédéric Déhu
While the balloon is in the air, time almost stops. Barthez is beaten first, then the ball seems to be moving slowly towards OM goals. Hemdani, on the cover, seems able to prevent the goal but the ball finally passes over his head for a few centimeters. The ball is at the back of the net. The Azores Eagle can run and spread its wings in a burning Princes Park. “What I take away from this goal is first of all this difficult angle, and then the ease of a player of his class to try something in this situation. At the end of his hook, we say "he will not try that anyway?" and ultimately if (laughs). It is played in a fraction of a second between execution and finality, ”said Frédéric Déhu.
Elected goal in club history in 2011
This gesture, symbol of spontaneity, touch and guts of Pedro Miguel Pauleta marked the supporters of Paris Saint-Germain. So much so that in 2011, during a survey carried out by PSG.fr for several weeks, he was voted the best goal in the history of the club in the league. In front of, please, brilliant creations by Ronaldinho, Raï or even Okocha. That is to say !
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