Cristian Chavez (Atletico Tucuman v Instituto, 2011)

FFT doesn’t make a habit of scouring Argentina’s second division for players scoring stupendous goals. However, when a striker beats one player, nutmegs not one 
but two more then dinks 
a delightful chip over the goalkeeper, we have to 
ask him how he did it.

“It was the goal of my life,” says Cristian Chavez as he recalls his masterpiece for Atletico Tucuman. “That day 
I had a feeling something nice could happen. You get these vibrations on the pitch every time you play football: ‘Today will be difficult’ or ‘Today is going to be my day’. That night I was noticing that everything I tried seemed to go well.

“But the game was still
 0-0 and the fans were a bit impatient – until I got that loose ball and without stopping, went forward. It 
was like there was a wall of defenders but I was going 
at a different speed.

“The ball passed through someone’s legs, then 
I touched it again and nutmegged Ivan Furios, to 
find myself in front of the Instituto goalkeeper.

“What I did next probably had no logic, since I was so close to the goalmouth that there was seemingly not enough distance to chip the ball and score, but I knew 
I would surprise him by 
doing it, so I did. The ball fell 
slowly inside the far post.

“As my team-mates celebrated with me, they were all mentioning what a goal it had been, but you only get the right image when you watch the video. And when 
I did, I couldn’t believe it.”

Chavez went to Napoli after his season – and that goal – with Atletico Tucuman, and when we suggest he was like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix as he scored, he laughs: “Only I wasn’t dodging bullets, but defenders!”

Interview: Martin Mazur. Illustration: German Aczel. From the August 2013 issue of FourFourTwo, out now. Subscribe!

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