Leandro Requena, an Argentine goalkeeper, has scored one of the most outrageous goals which could apparently be the longest goal in soccer history. Requena was taking what looked like a normal goal-kick. However, it turned into the third goal for his team on the day out of nothing.
Requena, goalkeeper for Cobresal in the top tier of Chilean Football, was taking a normal goal kick in the 77th minute with his team already leading 2-0. Requena took the kick but the Colo-Colo goalkeeper Brayan Cortes was well outside of his penalty area. This turned out to be a shambolic decision as the ball bounced over Cortes’ head. Cortes was embarrassed further as he stumbled in vain to chase the ball as it crossed the line.
👀 GOALKEEPER SCORES A GOAL 👀
Chilean team Cobresal scores a goal direct from a goalkick courtesy of goalie Leandro Requena pic.twitter.com/lVPndDXuon
— World Soccer Talk (@worldsoccertalk) March 21, 2023
“I asked Juan Silva, the club’s manager if the request for the record application was really going to be made and he told me ‘obviously yes,’” Requena told Radio Bio Bio.
“So now we are waiting for what is needed to verify what the distance really was. [Silva] did tell me that the ANFP [Chilean Football Federation] called him to check the measurements of the field, which is 150m [164 yards] and a bit.
“If so, since the area is five meters, it would be logically over 100. The truth is that I am happy with all this. More than anything personally. But also for the institution, for Chilean football. Going down in history with an event like this makes me happy.”
According to TNT Sports Chile, the distance from which the goal was scored was 101m (110.5 yards). If this information is ratified by Guinness World Records, it will become the longest-range goal in history.
Who held the record for the longest goal in soccer history?
The current longest-range goal record is 96.01m (105 yards). It was set on January 19, 2021, by Tom King. The goalkeeper scored this goal for Newport County against Cheltenham Town in England’s fourth tier. It was apparently a wind-assisted goal kick that went into the opposition’s net. On January 21, 2021, it was adjudged the longest-range goal by Guinness World Records.
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Newport County goalkeeper Tom King’s 105-yard goal against Cheltenham has been confirmed as a @GWR for the longest goal scored in a competitive football matchpic.twitter.com/0WjiENqVvk
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 21, 2021
Requena, on the other hand, thought altitude might have played a role in the goal he scored. Cobresal’s stadium is 2,400 meters above sea level
“I wanted to take the kick quickly as we have done so many times at altitude. To try to catch the rival off guard and it came out a little stronger than normal,” Requena told Radio Bio Bio.
“The first thing I did as soon as the ball left my foot was hold my head because there were two players in a clear position to counterattack and I realized that it had gone long.
“When I saw the bounce made it difficult for Brayan and it went past him, I thought the ball could go in.”
As reported by CNN, Guinness World Records has said that it has not yet received an application for this record. However, it is believed that the application will be registered soon. And the longest-range goal record is set to be held by Leandro Requena.