Top 5: Most spectacular football skills ever (1)

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Granted, the title of this article does make for some confusion, as most of you must be wondering what on Earth I could possibly be alluding to.

The concept of this article was stumbled upon while watching one of the many excellent videos of all the highlights from the career of one of the most skillful exponents of the modern game, Ronaldinho.

While I, like so many before me, watched with awe as the Brazilian maverick dazzled crowds and bewitched defenders with his delicate feints, audacious dribbles and infectious aura, I realised that most of Ronaldinho's work with a football would rightfully be placed at, or near, the very top rung of great footballing skills in recent memory.

We have seen the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta perform the most outrageous maneuvers on the pitch over the course of their careers, moves of such great finesse that they have been imitated by peers and fans around the world on innumerable occasions.

However, our failed attempts to replicate our footballing Gods' most famous tricks, flicks and dribbles only serve to highlight the class and ability that allowed them to perform them at the highest stage, in front of millions of viewers.

This article is as much a walk down memory lane as it is an attempt to create a definitive list of the greatest skills seen on a football pitch in recent memory. Every time you see young children on the streets outside your house fumble in their fledgling attempts to perform step-overs of ridiculous complexity or nutmeg a hapless defender, you should be reminded of the five footballing Gods that we shall discuss over the next few minutes, and how they made these moves famous in the first place.

I hope you enjoy reading the article as much as I did writing it, and if you have ever spent hours trying to do with a football what you saw your footballing heroes do on the telly, you will know the joy of reliving their moments of inspired brilliance time and again.

Move on to the next page to find out which audacious skill is at number five on our list!

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