Maria Sharapova produces fine football skills

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The European football season is now well underway - the usual panic around growing injury lists and debilitating suspensions comes as part of the service. With that in mind, could Maria Sharapova be an option for the top managers?

Obviously the Russian beauty is better known for her prowess with a racquet in-hand but she's also showed that she more than hold her own in a kickabout. 


The half-volley is an important shot in tennis, and Sharapova has proved that practise can make perfect, even when it's with a much bigger ball.

The 27-year-old uploaded a video onto her Facebook account which showed the former world no.1 lofting passes over a gym bench with a male member of her team whilst she competes in the China Open. 

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Okay, so now having hopefully watched the video, you might well think that the likes of Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger will indeed look elsewhere for a bargain buy to make up the numbers. Besides, Sharapova is busy with tennis anyway. 

The five-time Grand Slam champion has impressed in China by reaching the semi-finals without losing a single set and will hope to carry that sort of form through to the end of the season.


She has already qualified for the season-ending WTA Tour Finals later this month, meaning that she can prepare for that tournament with the freedom of knowing that she doesn't require anymore ranking points. 

In which case, who knows, maybe Sharapova can in fact spend a little more time improving her football skills.

There are a number of footballers who enjoy a spot of tennis, and will be aware of Sharapova, that surely wouldn't mind giving her some coaching.


Many top players have been spotted courtside in the last year alone. Thierry Henry was one of a number of high-profile names that watched Roger Federer as he unsuccessfully attempted to win his 18th Grand Slam title at the US Open.

Aside from the Frenchman, global superstar David Beckham wowed Wimbledon fans when he took his place in the Royal Box on a day dedicated to sporting stars from around the United Kingdom. 

Even Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who helped Real Madrid to Champions League glory earlier this year, found time at the Madrid Open to support Rafael Nadal. 

So there you go, Sharapova would have a whole host of footballers who could help her. If she gets half as good with a football as she is with a tennis ball then she'd be quite something.

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