A group of children say they are too frightened to play football anymore after spotting what they believe was a goblin near their pitch.


The youngsters spotted the strange creature beside their makeshift pitch in the city of Santiago del Estero in the northern Argentinian province of the same name.


An eyewitness was filming the children playing football on a smartphone and captured the unidentified beast on camera.


The bizarre-looking creature walks awkwardly onto the sandy pitch, with its goals made out of wooden sticks, making the youngsters run away in terror.


The children can be heard screaming in the video as they run off towards their homes in the Don Bosco III neighbourhood of the city.


Local media also described the strange figure as a goblin and reported that the children's parents said that they were too frightened to return to their pitch to play football.


One mother described it as a "paranormal phenomenon".


Goblins are monstrous mythical creatures first mentioned in European folklore in the Middle Ages.


They are usually described as small and grotesque, mischievous or evil, and greedy, especially for gold and jewellery. They often have magical abilities.


Santiago del Estero was the first city founded by Spanish settlers in the territory that is now Argentina and is nicknamed the Mother of Cities.