Francesco's Totti's Back Heel & the 5 Most Ridiculous Pieces of Skill in Serie A
Francesco Totti has been treating us to some outrageous pieces of skill this season.
Il Capitano has rolled back the years by rediscovering some of his finest form for the Giallorossi in what has been a frustrating season for Roma.
While Totti is the king of the back heel, there have been plenty more examples of exceptional skill in Serie A to please the fans.
Here are my candidates. Feel free to add yours in the comments section below and eulogise about some of the best moments of calcio this season.
Francesco Totti Back Heel vs. Parma
Francesco Totti was fantastic throughout in this game with Parma this month.
Il Capitano scored his 226th Serie A goal to take him into second place on his own in the all-time goalscoring charts.
There was the sensational free kick from way out on the left side of the penalty area that curled wickedly on to the cross bar from a tight angle.
But maybe the best piece of skill was this beautiful 360-degree back-heel spin that cut Parma's defence wide open.
Mario Balotelli Penalties
This might not immediately stand out as one of the best pieces of skill you will ever see on a football pitch.
But Mario Balotelli takes penalties like nobody else I have ever seen and the technique is very special.
Super Mario has taken three penalties, against Udinese, Cagliari and Palermo, scoring all of them with relative ease.
The confidence from Balotelli when he steps up oozes class and, whilst his immaculate record is maintained, watching the Rossoneri striker step up to take spot kicks will be must-watch entertainment.
Alberto Aquilani's Back-Heel Assist for Stevan Jovetic Goal
Alberto Aquilani successfully performed a perfect back heel in Fiorentina's 4-1 thrashing of Inter Milan, but unlike Francesco Totti's against Parma, the former Liverpool midfielder's piece of skill contributed to a goal.
The degree of difficulty is perhaps less than Totti's, but to quickly react to the deflection, while having a map in his head of where Stevan Jovetic would be, makes this, for me, an even better piece of skill.
Giampaolo Pazzini's Chapeu vs. Bologna
Giampaolo Pazzini might just have settled the discussion as to who got the better deal between Milan and Inter in the deal that saw Pazzo and Antonio Cassano swap clubs, when he performed this outrageous piece of skill against Bologna.
The 28-year-old successfully performed a chapeu that was made most famous by Pele to stun the San Siro crowd before emphatically volleying into the back of the net.
Panagiotis Kone's Stunning Scissor Volley in Bologna's Win at Napoli
This is an incredible piece of skill that involves perfect timing of the ball and then an explosive connection that saw the ball fly past Morgan De Sanctis and into the back of the net.
Panagiotis Kone would come back to the same pitch, against the same opposition just a couple of days later to secure Bologna back-to-back victories against the Partenopei.
This was a once-in-a-career type goal for the Greek international and will be a hot candidate for goal of the season too.
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