Manchester City inched closer to the Premier League title on Monday courtesy of an outrageous goal from captain Vincent Kompany.
With the score at 0-0, the Belgian defender advanced with the ball from around 30 yards and unleashed a missile into the top corner, giving Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel no chance.
The strike is already being touted as a potential Goal of the Season, given both its quality and importance.
The match-winning goal was actually Kompany’s first shot on target from outside the penalty area since December 2013, and he will more than likely never score a better goal for the remainder of his playing career.
Speaking about his incredible contribution, Kompany said, as quoted by BBC Sport: “I could hear people saying ‘don’t shoot, don’t shoot! But I’ve not come this far in my career to have young players tell me when to shoot.
“For 15 years, I’ve told people I’ll score one like that.”
Impressed football fans of clubs up and down the country reacted to Kompany’s goal, with Newcastle United supporters taking particular interest.
Newcastle fans react
Earlier in the season, their own defender Fabian Schar scored a sensational goal from a similar distance against Burnley in February.
The Swiss international scored a rocket in off the post at St. James’ Park, and some Magpies fans – perhaps jokingly – hailed it as better than Kompany’s:
Nearly as good as Fabian Schar’s goal that!
— Alan Coleman (@AlanColeman86) 6 May 2019
Vincent Kompany channelling his inner Fabian Schar.
— James Shuker (@James_Shuker) 6 May 2019
Schar’s was better. Just saying https://t.co/q4jun59dCO
— Kriss⚫️⚪️ (@KrissNufc12) 6 May 2019
Some hit that was. Still just a wanna be Schar though https://t.co/xMf1zPKjUH
— Austin Scott (@Austin_14Scott) 6 May 2019
Take a bow Vincent. What a goal to probably win the league. Obviously been watching Fabian Schar 👀
— Liam (@KermitCando86) 6 May 2019
— Dj M.I.G (@deejaymig) 7 May 2019
Schar does that week in week out, not sure what the fuss is all about, ha ha
— Simon Hardy (@simonhardy07) 6 May 2019
Get in Vinnie lad, not as good as Schar’s like https://t.co/06SQ4w4E0q
— Aaron Celino (@AaronCelino7) 6 May 2019
Kompany thinks he’s schar #NUFC 🤣🤣
— james denholm (@jamesdenholm2) 6 May 2019