In football, there are certain moves and skills that are associated with one particular player.
Although it’s incredibly rare for an exact manoeuvre to be used exclusively by an individual, some competitors will use the trope so often that it will become known as their ‘trademark.’
Perhaps one of the finest examples is Francesco Totti. The AS Roma legend didn’t invent the concept of lobbing the goalkeeper but it’s intrinsically linked with him more than anyone else.
Cristiano Ronaldo is also in a similar situation with his ‘knuckle-ball’ free-kicks, starting something of a phenomena with his unique striking technique that so often bamboozles goalkeepers.
Then there’s Arjen’s Robben trademark that, despite being so simple, continues to fool defends time after time – cutting on to his favoured left-mark and curling a shot towards goal.
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At the other end of the spectrum, Ricardo Quaresma has earned a reputation for not trusting his left foot and instead opting for a ‘trivela’ strike that continues to prove successful.
We could go on for days about the different signature moves in football and particular shots are certainly the most entertaining, as well as the most important during matches.
Some players use their own technique more often than others but – when used in moderation – they continue to prove successful when a goal is simply imperative.
Compilation of signature moves
All that considered, one football fan has taken it upon themselves to compile some of the world’s best players and their trademark methods of finding the back of the net.
The compilation emerged on r/soccer this week, has already been shared by over 3,000 fans and showcases the typical manoeuvres of more than 10 players.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Juninho, Ronaldo Nazario, Ronaldinho and Roberto Firmino all making the cut, it certainly makes for an interesting watch.
Check out the full video down below:
Some of the trademarks vary from the sheer trickery of Brazilian Ronaldo dribbling around the goalkeeper, to borderline mockery from Firmino calling upon his no-look finish.
Meanwhile, we’ll award the most entertaining signature move to Dejan Stankovic, who has garnered a rather amusing reputation for scoring from the halfway line.
However, it all adds to the mythos surrounding certain players, fleshing out their characteristics and giving up and coming players clear tropes to copy.
Although, admittedly, there’s question use in deciding to ignore your weak foot, looking away from the goal or lining up a full volley from the centre circle.
It certainly makes for fascinating viewing, though.
Which world-class player has the best trademark strike? Have your say in the comments section below.