Castrol Soccer Robot – Click above to watch the video after the break

Our compatriots over at Engadget brought an interesting little tidbit to our attention today in the form of a soccer ball-kicking robot. What's that got to do with obsessively covering the auto industry, you ask? Simple. This robot was sponsored by the oil-loving lads at Castrol.

Ostensibly designed to outkick the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo (who can reportedly kick a soccer ball at speeds measuring 130 kilometers per hour, or about 80 miles per hour), we kinda think the robot was built just for the heck of it. What, you ask, makes us think that?

For starters, have you seen the size of this thing? Not only does it sport a rider on top, it also rises via what appear to be four hydraulic legs. Plus, we think we see a truck axle holding the kicking leg in place. So, now to the real question: Does it beat our man Ronaldo? You'll have to click past the break to find out.

[Source: Engadget]