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Former Wanderer Andranik saved a butterfly, scored a ridiculous goal

Amin M. Jamali

Many Bolton Wanderers fans will remember Iran international Andranik Teymourian, who graced the Reebok Stadium pitch for the Trotters in the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons before moving to Fulham on a free. Andranik made 29 appearances for Bolton over the course of those two seasons, scoring four goals in the process and becoming a bit of a short-lived cult hero.

Teymourian is now plying his trade in Iran, playing for Estghlal, who are also home to another former Wanderer in Jlloyd Samuel. On Wednesday night, the pair's side were competing in the AFC Champions League against Buriram United, of the Thai Premier League, away. The match would see the Iranian side walk out 1-2 winners (with an overall 1-3 aggregate score) with a little bit of help from Andranik with some thanks to a little butterfly.

Midway through the match, Andranik spotted an apparently tired butterfly resting on the pitch and rather than see it get trampled or otherwise hurt, the midfielder picked it up and carried it off the field (photos here). If you believe in karma, it seems that Andranik was repaid right away as he scored this thundering drive from all of 35 yards. What. A. Goal. Maybe he can teach Chris Eagles a thing or two about not going 20 yards wide.

Andranik is no stranger to ridiculous long-range goals. Some will remember this strike (starting at the 3:40 mark in the video below) for Iran against Bahrain in World Cup qualifying back in 2011. Boom.