Dirk Nowitzki.

Dirk Nowitzki trolls Italian footballer Simone Zaza during charity game

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Dirk Nowitzki is having a pretty enjoyable summer. The German star has just become the highest-paid Dallas Mavericks player after signing a two-year, $50 million deal with the organisation he has represented for 18 years.

With the NBA season still months away, the forward has had some time to relax and recuperate ahead of another tasking campaign. Back in his home country, the 38-year-old recently took part in a charity football game and delighted the fans with his reenactment of Simone Zaza's horrific penalty from Euro 2016.

The incident may not be clear to all NBA fans; the striker, who plies his trade for Italian giants Juventus, stepped up to take his side's second penalty of a shootout between Italy and Germany in the quarter-finals. He blazed his effort over the bar following a truly bizarre run-up - Germany went on to win 6-5. See it here.

The World Cup champions lost 2-0 to France in the next round, but the penalty shootout was one of the truly memorable moments of the tournament, and it clearly hasn't been forgotten about in Germany. Dirk stepped up to the spot during the game, imitated the approach and sent his shot flying high and wide - whether he actually intended to miss or not, we will let you decide. 

It was not just his penalty that drew laughs from the crowd. The forward also attempted a bicycle kick, and approaching the big four zero, you can all imagine how that ended. Dirk is hardly a figure of agility, and it showed as he completely missed the ball in a hilariously bad attempt. 

Nowitzki will soon return to Texas as the Mavericks attempt to reach the playoffs for a sixteenth successive season. His displays last year were a picture of consistency, and with his 20th season in sight, nothing less should be expected next year.

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