10 Players with the Most Powerful Legs in Football

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIAugust 3, 2012

10 Players with the Most Powerful Legs in Football

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    Football players participate in one of the most grueling sports in the world and having powerful legs is something

    All football players in general have some pretty powerful legs but some stand out more than other.

    Whether its having an extremely powerful shot, an ability to power past defenders thanks to their running ability, or just having an advantage over their opponents in some manner, the players on this list all have powerful legs.

    Here are 10 players with the most powerful legs in football.

Lionel Messi

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    All you have to consider with Lionel Messi is the amount of times he blows by defenders in every game he plays. His explosiveness over the first few yards of a run shows just how powerful his legs are.

    Messi's speed and balance during his mazy runs are helped by his powerful legs. While he isn't known for having an extremely powerful shot, he has shown on occasion that he has that ability as well.

Cristian Ronaldo

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    We all know what Cristiano Ronaldo can do with his legs and the fact that he is quite powerful playres a part in that.

    The Portuguese winger can leap high, has a powerful shot and blows by defenders on a regular basis when he plays.

Michael Essien

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    Michael Essien is certainly more of overall powerful player than others on this list. The Ghanian has been setback by injury in recent seasons but when on form and full fitness he is hard to stop.

    According to the Daily Mail, the Ghanian's leg muscles were actually too powerful and were partly the recent why he has had such injury troubles lately. Via the Daily Mail.

    "Sportsmail revealed in July that members of Chelsea’s medical team feel his persistent knee complaints are in part down to his over-developed upper leg muscles putting too much strain on the joint. "

Wayne Rooney

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    Wayne Rooney's build and his style of play make it very hard for defenders to stop him.

    The Englishman may not go on trailblazing runs like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but his shot is among the most powerful in the game.

Mario Balotelli

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    Mario Balotelli's second goal against Germany showed the type of power the Italian youngster has in his legs.

    The Italian is a powerful player in general and his legs certainly play a part in that.

Taye Taiwo

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    Taye Taiwo's powerful left-foot shot is well known in world football. The Nigerian defender's displays when he is at his best is reminiscent of Roberto Carlos, obviously not at the same quality, and his powerful running plays a part in that.

Didier Drogba

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    Didier Drogba's scoring ability in the air and on the ground is down to the power he has in his legs. The Ivorian has been a menace to many opponents thanks to his shot and aerial ability.


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    A list like this probably couldn't be complete without a player like Hulk. He adds to the usual Brazilian flair with powerful runs and an extremely powerful shot.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a lot of skill and touch for a big man but he is obviously quite powerful as well. The Swedish forward is very much similar to Didier Drogba, with his powerful legs helping him to be a major threat in the air and on the ground, but he has more creativity to his game.

Yaya Toure

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    Yaya Toure's surging runs can only happen thanks to the power the Ivorian has in his legs. The Manchester City midfielder also has a pretty solid shot and is a menace in the air.