There are worse ways to score your first goal for a new club.
Levante could already taste a famous victory against La Liga champions Barcelona before the ball fell invitingly to Nemanja Radoja during a remarkable clash at the Cuitat de Valencia on Saturday afternoon.
But, with one swipe of the Serbian’s left boot, the pressure on Barca coach Ernesto Valverde rose to almost intolerable levels. It was Radoja’s volley, flashing through a crowd to deceive a sprawling Marc-Andre Ter-Stegen, which sealed a 3-1 triumph for Levante and left the Catalan giants in something of a domestic crisis.
Well, if you can call sitting top of the table after 11 games a ‘crisis’. By Barcelona's lofty standards, however, this is nothing short of a disastrous start to the season with three La Liga defeats to their name already.
If Real and Atletico Madrid had got their act together, the Catalan kings might be handing over their crown already.
According to TEAMtalk, Leeds United were interested in signing Radoja on a free transfer over the summer with West Ham and Brighton also keen on a man who had been released by Celta Vigo after an injury-hit final season at the Balaidos.
But with Radoja cementing his place in Levante folklore with his first goal since a 1-0 win against Alaves almost three years ago, a run of 63 games in all competitions, he already looks at home on the Castellon coast.
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