Considering the eye-watering salaries footballers are paid, the least one would hope for is that they could do their job properly. To their credit, most do; and while they may not be worth the obscene figures that are bandied around, the majority are able to live up to their boss’ demands, even if they do spend time crying and whining.
However, that ethos appears not to have filtered through to the strikers – at least, not these ones. Knocking the ball into an open net from a matter of feet is something a toddler could manage, but such nous evades these primadonnas. So without further ado, here are seven premiere league open-goal misses that even your nan could have scored.
#7: Ji-Sung Park vs Middlesbrough in 2008
“Park, Park, wherever you may be,” went the chant sung by Manchester United supporters while the South Korean midfielder plied his trade at Old Trafford. Well, in this case, Park was situated less than 10 feet from the goal, and in a primer than prime position – but it didn’t do him much good.
United led 1-0 against Middlesbrough heading into the final 20 minutes and sought some insurance to put the minds of the home crowd at rest. Gary Neville executed a beautiful pass, dissecting the Boro defense perfectly, and leaving Park with some simple mopping up duties.
With just the goalkeeper to beat and acres of space to hit into, a mishit would more than likely have been enough, providing it wasn’t as awful as this one. Looking to poke it home, Park whizzed the ball over the bar and promptly tripped over the keeper to complete the omnishambles. Thankfully for United and Park, no damage was done and they won 1-0.