WATCH: French soccer fan goes rogue, scores goal on ceremonial kickoff

MARSEILLE, France (WCMH) — A soccer fan lived out his dream when he took the ceremonial kickoff in for a goal.

Olympique Marseille fan Kamel Zaroual saw his chance when he was invited to take the ceremonial kick-off. He raced down the field, set up for his shot, and beat 18-year-old goalkeeper Alban Lafont for the score inside the left-hand post.

The fans cheered. He celebrated like a pro. He even got a hug from Marseille manager Rudi Garcia.

It was a dream come true.

The 36-year-old was invited for the honor at Stade Velodrome as a reward for his recent fundraising efforts, ESPN reports. He had just completed a 1,200-mile bike ride to raise money for people in need, Sports Illustrated reports.

“I am not a professional cyclist. The only doping substances I take are beer and cigarettes,” he told France 3 after the bike ride.

Marseille went on to win its first league match in a month after conceding nine goals in back-to-back defeats against Monaco and Rennes. Clinton Njie scored two goals in three minutes to give the team the 2-0 victory. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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