Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela Wins Premier League Goal of the Season Award

Erik Lamela is celebrating a big kick

The 29-year-old Argentine professional footballer, who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Argentina National Team, has picked up the Premier League Goal of the Season for his sublime rabona against Arsenal in March.

Erik Lamela

Despite Lamela’s effort, Tottenham Hotspur lost the match 2-1.

Lamela’s goal finished ahead of strikes from Edinson Cavani, Manuel Lanzini and Sebastien Haller.

Lamela’s rabona — the second of his Tottenham career — was simply sublime.

Sergio Reguilon cushioned a volley into Lucas Moura, who laid the ball off to Lamela inside the Arsenal box. Lamela then struck a first-time rabona with his left foot, which went through the legs of Thomas Partey and into the far corner.

That goal opened the scoring for Tottenham in March’s north London derby, but was cancelled out just before halftime by a Martin Odegaard strike.

Alexandre Lacazette then put Arsenal ahead with a 64-minute penalty and Tottenham’s misery was compounded when Lamela was sent off 12 minutes later.

Moura Named New Member of the Paris Saint-Germain Soccer Club

Lucas Moura is preparing for a Parisian fútbol experience…

The 20-year-old Brazilian soccer star has been named the newest member of the Paris Saint-Germain soccer club.

Lucas Moura

Moura has signed a contract with the team through June 2017, a deal that involved a transfer fee of 45 million euros (about $60 million) to his former squad, FC Sao Paulo.

Moura was publicly presented at a special ceremony at the Islamic Art Museum in Doha, since PSG is currently in Qatar, where the club’s owner lives.

Moura thanked his countryman, sports director Leonardo, for the role he played in arranging the transfer.

“Choosing PSG is a challenge … for me. Leonardo helped me a lot in my decision,” he said in remarks published by the L’Equipe Web site, adding that he wouldn’t have been able to finish out the season at Sao Paulo.

“PSG has a long history of Brazilian players and I hope to be able to write a new page of this history and give happiness to the fans,” said Moura.

Moura went on to mention that he’s aware that everyone has high expectations for him, saying he’s confident he won’t let them down.

Qatari team president Nasser Al-Khelaifi also paid tribute to Leonardo at the presentation, saying “without him, we would not have had Lucas Moura,” whom he characterized as “one of the best players in the world.”

After undergoing a series of medical exams that found no sign of any physical problems, Moura was scheduled to take part in his first practice wearing his new jersey on Tuesday afternoon.