Aribo got off the mark for Southampton since joining from Rangers this summer. The Nigerian international restored parity for the Saints in their 2-1 loss to the Yellow Submarines.
Aribo grabs the headline
Although Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side lost the match, it was Aribo’s goal that took the headlines. The 26-year-old took the ball from inside his half, went on an amazing and beat three defenders with his quick feet before curling into the top corner.
The goal, which Lionel Messi would have been proud of, has got the whole world talking, including FIFA. The World football governing body took to its Twitter account to praise Aribo for his brilliant individual goal.
FIFA said: This goal excited @SouthamptonFC fans yesterday.
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Although it’s just the middle of the year and a pre-season game, Aribo’s goal could be in contention for the FIFA Puskas award later this year.
Aribo’s previous history
It is not the first time Aribo has scored a solo-run goal. The Nigerian scored one against Braga in his first year at Rangers, which earned him the Gers goal of the year in the 2019/2020 season.
Aribo will hope to replicate the same form in the Premier League with Southampton. The Super Eagles star will start life in the English top-flight when the Saints travel to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur in their opening match of the season.