Seeing a direct goal from a corner kick is a sight to behold. From Colombia’s Marco Coll beating the legendary Lev Yashin in the 1962 FIFA World Cup, to Real Madrid talisman Toni Kroos catching Valencia FC goalkeeper off-guard last month, this near impossible way to score goals takes years of precise accuracy with the foot. But can a kid do that? Yes, a boy named Dani PK can. The 10 year old Keralite prodigy footballer had the pinpoint precision to swerve one in from the corner flag, and it is going viral all over the internet.
Dani PK plays for the Kerala Football Training Centre (KFTC) club, and his unbelievable yet amazing achievement in the final match of the All Kerala Kids Football tournament, held at Meenangadi in the Wayanad district of Kerala.
Dani’s shot to limelight is credited to none other than legendary Indian footballer I.M. Vijayan. The 50 year old uploaded the clip on his official Twitter handle. Check it out below-
Superb ..മോനെ… pic.twitter.com/EEXrlUPOWD
— I M Vijayan (@IMVijayan1) February 11, 2020
This mesmerising corner goal wasn’t Dani’s only achievement. The youngster scored a hat trick in the final, and was also awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ for scoring a total of 13 goals in the tournament.
Currently studying in the fifth standard of Presentation School in Kozhikode, this sensational goal has earned the kid nickname of ‘Lionel’. Speaking to Indian news magazine The Week, Dani’s father Abu Hashim stated that his son is an avid football fan from a vbery young age.
“Football is his favourite sport. He loves it so much that no matter how many footballs we buy him, he always asks for another,” Hashim said in the interview.
Working as a photographer for Malayala Manorama, Hashim revealed that Dani’s favourite team are the catalan giants, indicating Messi is his idol: “Dani swears by Barcelona. So, no prizes for guessing who his footballing idol is.”
“Every morning, Novia and I have to help him with packing his school bag as per the timetable. But he needs no alarm clock, no help to wake up or pack his football kit when he has to go for training at 6 am. Such is his love for the game,” Dani’s father concluded.