Former Chelsea star David Luiz caused pandemonium in Fortaleza on Friday as he scored Brazil’s most memorable World Cup goal so far this tournament.
Leading 1-0 against fellow South American outfit Colombia, the 27-year-old stood over a free-kick 35-yards from goal and rocketed the ball beyond the despairing dive of Colombia’s David Ospina and into the top right hand corner.
The goal was received with sheer delight by the host nation, heartache for Colombia and their supporters and gasps of disbelief and appreciation by the neutrals lucky enough to witness it live.
Chelsea supporters at Stamford Bridge have been accustomed to watching David Luiz’s rather long run-ups and dipping shots over the past few years. Previous club Benfica, however, have not and there is a perfectly good explanation for this.
Paris Saint-Germain’s new defender admitted to learning his renowned technique while in West London with the Blues, revealing to the Brazilian press which two former teammates taught him.
David Luiz reveals his free kick's secret: "I learned this shooting technique thanks to Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba at Chelsea."— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) julio 6, 2014
David Luiz made a total of 143 appearances for Chelsea during his three-and-a-half-year stay at the club, scoring a total of 12 goals in all competitions.
That figure may have been much higher had the Brazilian international been the club’s number one free-kick taker, but with Frank Lampard's incredible strike-rate from just outside the box, that was never really an option.
The English midfielder notched a total of 147 goals in the Premier League with more than 50 of those coming from either the penalty spot or a free-kick. As a result, it is easy to see why David Luiz decided to take tips off the 36-year-old.