Spain U19 Star Ezequiel Calvente Scores the Greatest Penalty of All-Time
Unless you are a fan of Real Betis or the Spanish U19s, chances are that you haven't heard of Ezequiel Calvente. But you should know him, because he just scored the greatest penalty of all time.
Spain and France meet in the final of the UEFA U19 European Championships on Thursday, in a match between the two undoubted best teams in the competition. Both are built upon young stars who are already building frightening reputations in their respective countries.
And while Sergio Canales of Real Madrid and Liverpool's Daniel Pacheco may be stealing most of the limelight, and quite rightly, from the rest of his bewilderingly brilliant Spanish compatriots, it is Ezequiel Calvente of Real Betis fame who has shot to the fore with a goal that just beggars belief.
The little known left sided midfielder has yet to play a competitive match for Betis' first team but has become an integral part of Spain's U19s as they marched towards the final in France.
Having beaten Croatia and Portugal 2-1 each, La Roja then took on Italy as Luis Milla's next generation of Spanish stars looked to impose themselves as the team to beat in the tournament.
A brilliant 3-0 win summed them and their lacklustre opponents up perfectly, with Calvente's audacious penalty easily the pick of the goals. And when you can say that about a penalty you know that it was special.
Spain then beat Noel Blake's under strength England side 3-1 in the Semi-Final to progress to the meeting with France, but even then most of the talk was of Calvente's penalty.
Quite simply, it is one of the greatest goals I have ever witnessed and undoubtedly is the best penalty I have ever seen. It is so good that I’ve had to watch it over and over again, just to see how he achieved it. Even the Italian goalkeeper whom he scored on calls on the referee because he is convinced that something strange happened.
It did, a penalty of breathtaking simplicity and brilliance, enjoy.