VIDEO: Ex-Middlesbrough flop scores amazing heel flick

Former Middlesbrough striker Massimo Maccarone rolled back the years with a superbly executed flick in Empoli's 3-0 win over Palermo.

Middlesbrough fans will almost certainly remember Massimo Maccarone, possibly more for his name than anything else, and the 35-year-old scored a brilliant goal for Empoli at the weekend.

Making his first start of the season, Maccarone pulled off a cheeky back-heel flick to beat the 'keeper from a Mario Rui cross after just four minutes against Palermo.

The veteran marksman put in a very impressive performance and nearly added another goal and an assist as Empoli triumphed 3-0 over a Palermo side in crisis.

It was Empoli's first win of the season and could prove extremely valuable as it was a battle between two newly promoted sides who face a relegation dogfight.

Maccarone is the ultimate journeyman striker and is currently in his second spell at Empoli having played there between 2000 and 2002 just before leaving for Middlesbrough.

At Middlesbrough, Maccarone was regarded as a flop after signing for a then record £8.15m transfer fee but delivering only 24 goals in 102 appearances.

He has also represented Modena, Prato and Varese while on loan from AC Milan, Parma and Siena during his time owned by Middlesbrough and Palermo and Sampdoria.

Granted he was in the second tier last season, but Maccarone has a very good scoring record in this spell at Empoli with 38 goals in 99 games. There won't have been many more satisfying than this little piece of skill.

Maccarone scores a cheeky goal against Palermo:

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