Surprisingly overlooked for the Puskas Award earlier this month, Tim Cahill was at it again this week after scoring another sensational goal for Australia at the Asian Cup.
The Australian was among the 10 nominees for the FIFA Award following his Marco van Basten-esque goal for the Socceroos against Holland at the World Cup last year, but failed to make the top three in the voting.
Colombia’s James Rodriguez took the award with Stephanie Roche second and Robin van Persie third.
But despite that snub the 35-year-old was once again in his element for the Australia national team, scoring a memorable opener in their 2-0 victory over China in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup.
Going into the tournament as hosts, all the pressure was on the Socceroos, who finished second in their group following a shock defeat to South Korea.
With the score 0-0 at half-time, the second period saw Cahill come into his own, scoring a brace to send Australia through to a potential semi-final meeting with Japan.
And it was the first of these goals – a perfectly executed bicycle kick inside the China penalty area – that sent them on their way, easing any tension in the ground and highlighting the quality Cahill still possesses to seemingly conjure moments of magic up out of nothing.
With three goals in four games for Australia the veteran forward is leading by example and despite the fact he is still playing his football stateside in the MLS, it would not be a massive shock to see the likes of Harry Redknapp turning to the forward, should QPR fail to land other targets.