Top 10 Football Skills Tricks and Who Invented Them

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterNovember 29, 2011

Top 10 Football Skills Tricks and Who Invented Them

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    Football is full of magical moments. The best teams attract the most fans because people want to watch quality football.

    There have been some unbelievable players who have graced the game over the years and some have left their mark on the sport by using a signature move.

    Many of these tricks are performed by kids as they grow up and eventually professionals in official match ups.

    Some are integral to the sport and a player's skill set, but some are just outrageous. Click on the videos to view some of the most iconic moves in the game.

    Enjoy the slideshow!

The Maradona

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    The Maradona Turn is something every young kid practices because it is usable whilst mucking around in the park.

    There aren't many opportunities to use this in a game, but it represents one of the most popular moves in the sport.

    The video shows a Maradona turn executed perfectly in a high-pressure game situation.

The Cruyff Turn

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    Pure brilliance!

    Every time I try this, I fall over. Standard.

    It's tough to perform this without clipping the ball on your standing leg, but with practice it is another move that can be used practically in a match.

The Ronaldinho Gaucho Snake

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    The snake or 'Elastico' is an incredibly difficult move to pull off. It's perhaps the hardest in football.

    A few players may have performed the move before Ronaldinho, such as Rivelino or Zinedine Zidane, but the current Flamengo play-maker has utilised it more than anyone else.

    There's no shortage of evidence, as the featured video will offer you plenty of examples. Trying this in a game is bold.

The Ferenc Puskas Pullback

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    Ferenc Puskas is widely regarded as the best Hungarian ever to play football and he created a move called the "Pullback V" during his time on the pitch.

    The move is now commonly used with ease at all levels in association football and has become a must-have asset in a player's game.

    The video featured is a tribute to the Real Madrid legend, but skip to 0:40 if you only wish to see the Pullback V in use!

The Juan Roman Riquelme Move

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    You don't see this move often. Why?

    Because it's incredibly difficult to pull off and is only attempted by the most talented of players.

    Juan Roman Riquelme was one of the most skilled players ever to have graced the game of football and his technically gifted set of feet dreamt this one up.

    Outrageous, isn't it?

The Robinho Pullback

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    Another difficult one, but doesn't it look easy when Robinho does it?

    This move works great in tight spaces, if you've got the balance and agility to match.

The Scissor Kick

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    Who invented it?

    The Peruvians, the Chileans, the Brazilians and the Italians all lay a claim to it.

    Pele was the most famous player to use it and made the world sit up and notice the move.

    It is one of the most difficult things to do in football considering you're off balance and upside down.

    The video shows David Villa executing a bit of an acrobatic beauty for former club Valencia.

Jay-Jay Okocha and the Rainbow

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    There is some confusion over the inventor of the rainbow, but Jay-Jay Okocha certainly established it in competitive football.

    The featured video shows Okocha performing the rainbow early on. It also shows him performing some of the other skills mentioned in this article, so it's worth a watch.

    I whole-heartedly apologise for the horrendous music the uploader chose to accompany this footage.

The Step-over

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    Who invented the step-over?

    I'm tempted to say Francesco Totti, but I'm not sure.

    If anyone has perfected the over-use of step-overs, it would be Cristiano Ronaldo or Robinho.

    The video shows how to confuse both the opponent and the spectator with quick feet.

Kerlon and the Seal Dribble

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    Not fully endorsed yet, but not exactly un-attempted, is the seal dribble.

    Pretty much the sole reason Internazionale signed him, Kerlon was able to run for several yards whilst balancing the ball on his forehead, softly heading it to himself.

    It got so frustrating that eventually people just started elbowing him in the head. Poor guy.

Share Your Thoughts

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    Thanks for reading!

    Share your thoughts and experiences with these tricks and others I may have missed.

    I couldn't find any good footage of the classic Stanley Matthews cut and it's quite similar to the Elastico by Ronaldinho so it wasn't included on the list.

    Follow me on twitter! @stighefootball

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