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EXTRAORDINARY: WATCH Benfica’s Rafa Silva runs length of pitch to score solo goal worthy of 2022 Puskas Award

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MARCH 20: Rafa Silva of SL Benfica scores his team's first goal during the Liga Portugal Bwin match between SL Benfica and GD Estoril Praia at Estadio da Luz on March 20, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Joao Rico/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Benfica’s Rafa Silva has scored a contender for the Puskas Award after running the length of the pitch from his own box to score a remarkable solo effort.

Rafa Silva stunning solo strike opened the scoring in Benfica’s 2-1 home win over Estoril. (image: Getty Images)

Rafa Silva picked the ball up on the edge of his own penalty area before scoring a stunning solo goal to give Benfica the lead on Sunday night as they continued their push for Champions League qualification.

It was his eighth in the league so far this season and has taken his overall tally to 12 goals in 42 appearances, with an additional 17 assists for his team-mates.

Liverpool! Beware of Rafa! (Getty Images)

Silva’s wonder-strike will give Liverpool fans reason for concern, with the Reds set to take on Benfica in the last eight of this season’s Champions League in April.


The award is named after former Real Madrid and Hungary striker Ferenc Puskas and is given to who have scored the most aesthetically significant goal, regardless of championship, gender or nationality and scored without the result of luck or a mistake and in support of fair play.

The award is currently held by former Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela, for his rabona goal in the north London derby against Arsenal last year.

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