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One of the most beautiful pieces of skill in football is the “Rabona”.
Brought to the footballing world by the late Ricardo Infante in a match between Estudiantes and Rosario in 1948, it is a difficult technique to pull off; requiring the player to kick the ball by kicking the ball behind the back of the standing leg.
When done correctly, it is a spectacular skill as former Tottenham Hotspur star Erik Lamela proved with his Rabona strike against Arsenal last season.
However, when messed up a player can look very silly as Wolves’ Raul Jimenez found out the hard way.
The Mexican striker tried to cross the ball Rabona style against Brentford.
Unfortunately, the 30-year-old got it all wrong; instead kicking his own standing leg rather than the football.
Jimenez barely caught any of the ball, which bobbled out for a goal kick.
To make matters even worse for the former Benfica and Atletico Madrid striker, he also clumsily fell over.
It is very safe to say the effort was not his finest moment he has enjoyed in a Wolves shirt.
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At the time Wolves and Brentford were both locked in a 0-0 stalemate at the Molineux.
It was a must win match for Bruno Lage’s side who have endured a difficult start to the season with four defeats in their opening five Premier League matches.
While their performances have been quite decent, their lack of a cutting edge in front of goal has cost them dearly.
Jimenez’s effort could perfectly sum up their struggles in the final third of the pitch.
They have no trouble getting themselves into good positions, but when push comes to shove, they have not been able to find the net.
Lage’s side will need to be more consistent and clinical with their chances if they are to recover from their difficult beginning of the season.
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