Marco Reus and the Best Fake Football Trick Shot Videos
In conjunction with his German sports apparel sponsor, Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus recently produced a couple of videos in which he performed incredibly skillful trick shots.
Except that he didn't.
The videos look like they have almost certainly been doctored, and they lead our list of highly suspect football trick shot clips...
Marco Reus #1
Here, Reus manages to kick a ball in the air, then kick another ball at the first one to send it into the net.
This stinks to high heaven of falsification—if the BvB star was really this accurate, wouldn't he score with every shot he attempts?
Marco Reus #2
In his second Puma-endorsed clip, Reus sends a ball with a highly suspicious trajectory against the crossbar and into a stack of tyres, before repeating the trick blindfolded.
We're pretty sure this didn't really happen.
It's hard to tell what is less sincere here: The passion with which Jack Wilshere delivers his endorsement of "Match Attax" or the manner in which three consecutive balls land in plastic bins around fifty yards away.
It seems that the non-smoking Arsenal star is simply kicking three long balls, and the receptacles have been drawn in afterwards.
Jack Wilshere's trashcan trickery was preceded by that of David Beckham, who once led us to believe that he could sink three consecutive balls into three different bins on the beach—all while holding a can of fizzy brown sugar-water.
Once again, this clip seems to be doctored: Watch the trajectory of the third ball as it rises—it seems like it should land much further to the left.
In 2005, Ronaldinho starred in YouTube's first ever video to reach one million views—and the trailblazer in fake trick shot videos.
It showed the tricky Brazilian strapping on a pair of Nike boots before shooting multiple volleys against the crossbar.
Ronaldinho may have sublime skill, but so do Nike's video editors.
In a bid to increase season ticket sales, Aston Villa put out a video showing Stewart Downing sinking five balls into five seperate wheelie bins.
According to The Birmingham Mail, the clip persuaded Liverpool owners John Henry and Tom Werner into investing £20 million on the winger. Little did they realise that the viral video was faker than a Luis Suarez penalty claim.
The same group of Aston Villa tricksters who apparently forced the Downing sale were responsible for a clip of Ashley Young hitting both posts from range, before smacking the crossbar blindfolded.
Alarm bells ring when Young fails to dramatically fall to the ground before taking the shot. (Sorry, couldn't resist that one.)
We don't even know where to start with this one. If the stilted "dialogue" isn't enough of a giveaway, John Carew's utterly nonchalant reaction to hitting a sign 30 feet in the air from about 100 feet away is a red flag.
Also, the last time we checked, kicking footballs at lights seldom makes them work.
Now then, who's going to go and get the ball that Carew just signed for that young man?
Let's finish up with one last bout of deception from Aston Villa, the James Milner skills video where they apparently ran out of the time and inclination required to make the special effects look convincing.
Notice how none of these Villa players are still with the club. Could these virals be cursed? Yes, probably.