From Leonidas to Pele, and Maradona to Zidane, football has always placed on a pedestal those who are able to show invention, trickery and ingenuity in their game.
They are the great entertainers, and as ever, those who have entertained the most have acquired a number of useful tricks along the way.
From the parks of inner-city London, to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, it is these pieces of sublime footballing technique that are consistently repeated by those looking to become the next in line to Okocha, Ronaldo or even Henry.
There is something wonderful about the one-on-one combat between an attacker and a defender that football throws up, and it is for this reason that individual skills manage to captivate such a wide audience.
So then, let's take a look at some of football's best-known tricks, as well as those who purport to have invented them.