Dimitar Berbatov’s “languid” composition on the field is a running joke in the American soccer community. When ESPN still owned the rights to air the Premier League, Ian Darke probably called him that at least three or four times per match when he still played for Manchester United and Fulham.
Now with AS Monaco in France’s Ligue 1, Berbatov topped himself on Sunday with this effortless goal against Nice giving his team a 1-0 win. More importantly it clinched a spot in next year’s Champions League for the nouveau riche club. All that was missing from the goal was the Bulgarian puffing on a cigarette, glancing up from an Albert Camus book as he flicked his leg toward the ball. Seriously, how talented do you have to be in order to make a goal look that effortless, as if you almost have a disdain toward the game itself?
Berbatov’s goal is a stark contrast to say, Gareth Bale’s winner in the Copa del Rey, which was all about busting your lungs and giving 110 percent. Instead this one by Berbatov was almost about exerting the least possible amount of effort to score.
But hey, they all count the same, right?