If ever you wanted proof that goalkeepers are lunatics, then read on.
Any team sport that has a goalkeeper generally means that there is at least one member of the team that is a total lunatic. You would have to be a bit unhinged to be a goalie. Whether it’s football, hockey or GAA, goalkeepers are a different breed to the rest of us.
Growing up everyone wanted to be the striker, the goal scorer, certainly not the goalkeeper. It is usually the kid who can’t run fast who ends up in the firing line.
Even as professionals, goalkeepers are regarded slightly differently. Willingly and often eagerly putting their bodies in harm’s way as the last line of defence, goalkeepers can be a hero or a zero, depending on the bounce of a ball.
In football, goalkeepers walk this tight rope every week. You are only as good as your last save. This week saw Manchester United keeper David de Gea win an unprecedented third consecutive Matt Busby Player of the Year award, making him the most important player for United since 2013.
The MLS in America has now thrown up a fine example of just how important, and insane, goalkeepers can be.
In a game between Real Salt Lake and Houston Dynamo, Real’s veteran keeper Nick Rimando was called into action when Houston’s Leonal Miranda rocketed the balls towards the bottom right corner. Making a spectacular save, Rimando pushed away the strike but only into the path of Houston’s Andrew Wenger.
Wenger, drove the ball back in from point blank range. However, Rimando once again saved the day, this time with his face.
Watch it here.
Video Credit: Major League Soccer
Clearly not intending to stop an absolute bullet of a strike with his face, Rimando appeared none the worse for it and after the game made light of things, saying:
“My face is good. I think I need to be a hand model now. I’m okay. Right when it happened my reaction is to get up and make sure the ball doesn’t get in the net. But me and [assistant coach Daryl Shore], we practiced those face shots all week and it paid off.”
So there you go. Just some more evidence to prove that goalkeepers are of a different breed.