Hugo Sanchez (Real Madrid v Logroñes, 1988)

Mexican ace Hugo Sanchez scored 26 goals as Real Madrid streaked to the 1987-88 title – but nothing else that season will live as long in the memory as his strike against Logrones.

“It was the goal of my life,” smiles Sanchez, “and the kind 
of goal you imagine since you are a little boy – especially me. My father inspired me with these bicycle kicks. He was 40, just playing with his friends, but he would try these acrobatics. 
I practised them to honour him. And to score a goal like that, in a packed Bernabeu, in one of the best years of my career, was simply unforgettable.

“Rafa [Vazquez]’s cross was absolutely superb. I only had to step back and calculate when to jump in order to smash 
a volley with my left foot. The ball was so balanced, I could choose whether to direct it to the near or the far post. I opted for the latter, which made it even more spectacular.

“Suddenly all these people were singing my name, white handkerchiefs out... and it was only the 10th minute, so I had to keep focus. We won 2-0.

“The referee congratulated me, saying it was the goal of the century. Later on 
I realised that Logrones reads backwards as 
‘Senor gol’: ‘Mister Goal’!”

After the game, Madrid manager Leo Beenhakker declared, “If a player scores a goal like that, the game should be suspended and 
a glass of champagne offered to the 80,000 fans that witnessed it.” Cheers!

Interview: Martin Mazur. Portrait: German Aczel. From the October 2011 issue of FourFourTwo. Subscribe!

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