Iranian football star Ando Teymourian has had one of football's most varied vcareers, with stints at Bolton, Fulham and Barnsley on his CV as well as a host of clubs across the Middle East.
But this week the midfielder enjoyed one of his most extraordinary moments while playing for Esteghal during the second leg of an Asian Champions League quarter-final match in Tehran.
As the match entered the dying moments, Esteghal were holding on to their 2-1 aggregate lead in the away leg against Thailand's Buriram United, knowing that a goal for their hosts would mean extra time and perhaps penalties to decide on who went into the last four.
Yet the veteran still had time to stop and scoop up a butterfly lying on the pitch, carefully depositing it safely off the playing area to save it from getting trampled.
The twist that came immediately afterwards is enough to make you believe in karma. With the very next move of the match the ball came to the normally defensive-minded player - but somehow he was inspired to try a spinning flick to take the ball past an opponent, then launch a crazy shot on goal from 35 yards.
We say 'shot', but 'crunching thunderbolt' would be a better description. Teymourian's effort rocketed straight into the top corner of the net, putting the result of the match beyond all doubt and confirming Esteghal's place in the semi-finals.
In case you think ED is over-egging the pudding with the 'spooky karma' thing, consider this: Teymourian is not even one to have a go at goal, and in an 11-year professional career this was just his eighth goal at senior club level.
Coincidence, or mystical intervention by a grateful butterfly with magical powers? I think we all know the answer to that one. Enough said.