Former Barnsley striker Ricardo Vaz Te (who still ended this season as their top scorer) fired the £90m goal that fired his current club West Ham United back into the Premier League.
The 25 year old joined the Hammers at the end of January for a fee of £500,000 and he grabbed the winner three minutes from time at Wembley today to seal a 2-1 victory over Blackpool in the Championship Play-Off Final.
It has been claimed over recent weeks that as part of the deal that took the former Portuguese Under 21 international from Oakwell to Upton Park, West Ham agreed to pay £500,000 up front and another £500,000 if they won promotion, a promotion that today was sealed by Vaz Te’s 12th goal for his new club.
It has been a remarkable season for a striker who had unspectacular spells with Greek side Panionios and Scottish outfit Hibernian before pitching up in South Yorkshire last summer on a free transfer.
The former Bolton youngster scored 12 goals in 14 starts for Keith Hill’s side and, despite leaving three months before the end of the season, finished as the club’s top scorer, one goal ahead of Craig Davies. And Vaz Te has continued his scoring spree with West Ham with today’s promotion winning strike also being the 12th for the Hammers, in 16 starts.