David Beckham and Pele Facing Competition from Brazilian Cleiton Xavier

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 25, 2013

Remember Pele's audacious long-range effort for Brazil against Czechoslovakia during the 1970 World Cup? And what about Manchester United midfielder David Beckham's outrageous lob over Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan in 1996? And we're sure Arsenal supporters will never forget Nayim's stunning strike for Real Zaragoza in the 1995 European Cup Winners' Cup Final in Paris.

It looks like those famous long-range goals now have a new name to consider: Metalist Kharkiv midfielder Cleiton Xavier.

The 30-year-old Brazilian, who joined the Ukraine side from Palmeiras in 2010, was on hand to ensure the Champions League hopefuls maintained their two-point advantage over Dynamo Kiev on Sunday in the race for second place behind champions-elect Shakhtar Donetsk.

Metalist found themselves a goal down to Chornomorets in the 26th minute at the weekend, but Xavier refused to be bowed and immediately fired his team level from the centre spot as they restarted the match.

Metalist went on to win the match 3-1 to maintain their charge on the Champions League.

Such outlandish skills are nothing new to the Metalist star, who provided a scorpion kick to equalise against Dnipro in 2011.

But how does Xavier compare to Pele's attempt on goal from inside his own half against Czechoslovakia, Beckham's long-range strike at Selhurst Park and former Tottenham player Nayim's floated winner for Real Zaragoza over David Seamen?

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