Theyab Awana made a name for himself on the internet when he scored a backheeled penalty kick in July for the UAE’s soccer team.
Awana was tragically killed in a car accident yesterday. The 21-year old soccer star was driving back to Abu Dhabi from a team training session when he hit a truck, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The UAE football president Mohammed Khalfan al-Rumaithi said:
“I feel the loss of one of my family. I felt bitter tragedy. May the almighty bless him and may he rest in eternal peace.”
Here’s another look at the backheeled penalty shot that made him an internet sensation:
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