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Andy Murray outshines World Cup legends in 'keepy-uppy' challenge

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It is a real shame that Scotland haven't qualified for a major football tournament since World Cup 1998, because it looks as though they have the tartan equivalent to Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.  

That's right, Andy Murray may be busy trying to dominate on the grass of a different sport, but the world number five tennis star has taken some time out of his schedule with new coach Amelie Mauresmo to embarrass footballing legends Clarence Seedorf and Alan Shearer.

Wimbledon v World Cup

As part of BBC's joint coverage of the World Cup and Wimbledon, they have been enticing a number of high-profile names to indulge in a game of keepy-uppy with a tennis ball.

'The Coppa-Uppy Challenge', as it is known, is in its fledgling stages, but former Dutch footballer, also of Real Madrid and AC Milan, and now-pundit Seedorf had taken an early lead with 18 bounces.

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Shearer was a menace in front of goal for Newcastle, Blackburn and Southampton back in the day, but the retired 30-goal international will have been disappointed with his poor total of six, though, to be fair - it was done on the challenging conditions of a Brazilian sandy beach.

No Beckham

Maybe they should have got David Beckham to have a go - the former Manchester United man was in the Royal Box to watch Rafael Nadal win on the middle Saturday after all.

Former tennis man Mark Petchey and the recently-crowned oldest World Cup player, Carlos Valderrama, put in solid performances with nine bounces. The likes of Clare Balding, Alan Davies and Russell Fuller bring up the rear.

Having watched a video scouting his opponents, Murray then tried his arm at juggling the small green ball, and hey presto, he wasn't half bad.

Supreme control

The 28-year-old, as you can see in this video, looked in supreme control as he blew away the competition with a massive 78 touches. He commented afterwards: "I'm not going to get better than that I don't think."

As already mentioned, it is a shame that Scotland aren't pulling up any trees in international football, however, luckily, he's not bad with a racquet either.

The third seed has thus far cruised through the first week at SW19 without dropping a single set and has looked impressive in matches against David Goffin, Blaz Rola and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Fourth round

The tougher challenges are expected to come soon, starting with his round four match against the 20th seed South African, Kevin Anderson, who beat Fabio Fognini, Murray's Davis Cup foe, in five sets to reach this stage.

Anderson is at the loftiest stage he's ever reached in London, but the 28-year-old has had an impressive year after breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time.

And, if you're in any doubt about Murray's skills with the football, watch the video below...

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