Russian footballer Mikhail Osinov, who recently scored the fastest goal in the history of the sport, says he now expects an offer from the English Premier League.
The FC MITOS Novocherkassk player scored straight from the kick-off in his team’s away game at Olimpiya Gelendzhik in the Russian Second Division South.
According to the Sun tabloid, the 35-year-old has produced football’s fastest ever goal, beating the previous record of 3.17 seconds by Brazilian striker Fred.
When told that even the British media has reported his achievement, Osinov said: “OK, they should now invite me to the English Premier League or the Championship.”
“Before the starting whistle, I saw that the Olympiya keeper had left his goals,” he told RIA-Novosti news agency. “He didn’t go very far, but I still decided to try, so I asked the guys to pass to me straight from the kick-off. It has long been my dream to score from the center of the pitch or directly from a corner. I’ve achieved the first one, so I’ll now be practising corners. But I’ll happily give up this idea in exchange for playing in the Premier League.”
Despite currently playing in the third division, Osinov knows a lot about high-level football. The veteran has played in around 400 Russian Premier League games and has over 70 goals to his credit.
During his 19-year career he has worn the colors of such clubs as Uralmash, Rotor and Rostov.