The most pointless showboating in history? Thabo Qalinge for Orlando Pirates in 2019

Thabo Qalinge, the king of showboating!

The name Thabo Qalinge will almost certainly not ring any bells in the head of the average football fan.

And why should it? The South African footballer is far from a superstar and has represented his country's national team on just one occasion, according to Transfermarkt.

But while Qalinge isn't a household name, he is the proud owner of perhaps the most ridiculous and pointless piece of showboating in the history of professional football.

Back in 2019, the 30-year-old winger opted to have some extravagant fun on the pitch during the final moments of the South African league season.

Orlando Pirates were unable to secure the title due to the fact that the Mamelodi Sundowns had beaten Free State Stars 1-0, meaning they would have to settle for second.

Because of that and the fact his team were 3-0 up against Polokwane City FC, Qalinge decided it was the right time to show the world his new creation - the 360 degree step-over.

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It's a skill move that's ludicrous, absurd and - above all - magnificent.

Qalinge's 10 seconds of fame can be watched in all their glory below.

Video: Qalinge invents the 360 degree step-over

We could watch that on repeat for quite some time.

At the end of the day, football is all about entertainment and you simply have to applaud Qalinge for having the guts to even attempt the move - let alone pull it off.

Most of us would have tripped over our legs and been humiliated...

The man known as 'Section 10' due to his outlandish on-pitch behaviour is no longer with Orlando Pirates after ending his five-year stay at the club in 2019.

Qalinge in action back in 2013

Qalinge opted to join SuperSport United, where he was anything but a success. The freestyler-like winger made just five appearances in all competitions for the Pretoria-based club.

He can now be found at AmaZulu FC, who are currently managed by former Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy.

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