Beckham-esque: Hong Kong player scores 50-metre wonder strike but did he mean it?
Happy Valley’s Ma Man-chun evokes memories of Manchester United man’s stunning goal scored from the halfway line against Wimbledon
A wonder goal scored by Happy Valley’s Ma Man-chun is doing the rounds on the internet, evoking memories of ex-Manchester United star David Beckham’s famous goal scored from the halfway line against Wimbledon in the English Premier League in the 1990s.
Ma found the net from 50 metres out as he made a massive clearance during a league game against Sun Source at Tsing Yi Northeast Park, which Second Division side, Happy Valley, won 3-1.
Watch: Happy Valley’s Ma Man-chun’s wonder strike against Sun Source
The video shows Ma taking a huge stab at the ball with the shot beating a surprised goalkeeper who fails to keep it out and to cries from a Chinese commentator who exclaims: “Wow, what a world-class goal! The goalkeeper didn’t know what hit him!”
Watch: David Beckham’s famous goal scored from the halfway line
The video clip has been viewed more than 39,000 times as of Tuesday evening.
Defender Ma, 42, last played in the Premier League with Wong Tai Sin during the 2014/15 season. Valley were once a powerhouse of Hong Kong soccer, capturing six top tier championships, five Senior Shields, two FA Cups and one League Cup when they were playing in the top flight.
They were suspended by the HKFA after their players were involved in a match-fixing scandal in 2014 and demoted to the First Division the following season. They were further demoted to the Second Division in 2016.
Some internet commenters refused to give Ma the benefit of the doubt, suggesting it was a fluke goal. They all count, though.
Watch: Jason Cundy’s fluke for Spurs