The Argentine is yet to produce his best form since his move from Roma to White Hart Lane last summer, but his brilliant solo strike from 22 yards in the Europa League clash has made him an overnight social media sensation.
With Mauricio Pochettino’s men already leading 1-0, the 22-year-old wrapped his left leg around his right and curled the ball into the right-hand corner from the edge of the box, in an early contender for goal of the season.
Some speculated whether Lamela had just got lucky, despite claims from hat-trick hero Harry Kane after that match that the attacking midfielder scores goals like that all of the time in training.
However, footage has emerged from 2009 proving that Lamela had mastered that strike – widely known as a rabona – in his teenage years.
While playing for a River Plate team in the seventh division of Argentine football, the 17-year-old broke through the defensive ranks of Gimnasia de La Plata and dinked over the out-stretched goalkeeper from just inside the box with a rabona.
Compare both and see for yourself in the video below and let us know whether you think it has anything on Lamela’s strike for Spurs on Thursday!
The strike with River Plate