This is the moment Atalanta forward Alejandro Gomez sends his four-year-old son flying with a two-footed tackle while enjoying a casual kick around on the beach.
The Argentine is making the most of Serie A’s two-week break by taking a holiday in Dubai, along with team-mate Mauricio Pinilla and his family, but certainly didn’t ease off when playing with son Bautista.
Gomez, known as Papu, tried to win the ball back from his young son and jumped in with both feet off the floor, sending the child crashing to the sand.
Alejandro Gomez took part in a game of beach football with his son, Bautista, in Dubai
During the game, Gomez flew in with a touch tackle on the four-year old, sending him flying
The striker received criticism online after posting the video of his tackle on his own son
WHO IS ALEJANDRO GOMEZ?
Born: February 19, 1988 – Buenos Aires
Nationality: Argentine (Italian citizenship)
Current club: Atalanta
Former clubs: Arsenal de Sarandi; San Lorenzo; Catania; Metalist Kharkiv
International: Argentina U20s
The Atalanta player shared the video online with the comment: ‘My poor Bauti, just like every ball, hahahah’.
But he received plenty of backlash for the tackle on his son, with many users pointing out how he would more than likely have been sent off for the challenge, if it was during a game.
The video was seen more than 150,000 times and has more than 1,500 comments, such as from ‘tulam62’ who wrote: ‘Eh, fail! strong tackle barefoot from the back, red card!’ and ‘jorgefariasc’ who said: ‘What an irresponsible idiot.’
Ronald.vtw added: ‘he could have broken his leg’ while torresalgr was particularly damning, saying: ‘So you call yourself a professional? You almost break your son’s (leg) that you do not know what is the difference between a child and an adult?’
Gomez is enjoying a break in Dubai with his partner and the couple’s two young children
Gomez posted an image of him with Francesco Totti, on his son’s fourth birthday in September
Gomez is well known for his technical skills, high work-rate and powerful long range goals, having scored three in 18 games for his club this season.
He has Italian and Argentinian citizenship and his wife is also Italian, with the pair enjoying a break in Dubai ahead of his return to action against Chievo on January 8.
Atalanta are performing above expectations in Serie A this season and currently sit sixth in the table.
Gomez has scored three goals in 18 games for his club, helping them to sixth in Serie A