Ah the fabled rainbow flick. There isn’t a footballer alive who hasn’t dreamt of doing it in a game situation, and even on FIFA it’s become the hallmark of excess showboating when you’re on the ball.
The rainbow flick
As simple as it sounds flicking the ball from behind you over your opponent and then running round him to regain control of it isn’t all that easy.
Go out into your back garden and you’ll be able to do it one hundred times over; do it when you’ve got someone in front of you who genuinely wants to take the ball away, and it becomes virtually impossible.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore laughs in the face of the impossible. Alright he doesn’t, but during PSG’s clash with Metz last night he came as close as he’s ever going to get. He rainbow flicker a player, and almost scored from the resulting gap that opened up.
That’s right, during the hotly-contested French affair, which saw PSG run out 3-2 winners to climb two points ahead of Marseille at the summit of Ligue 1, Argentina international Pastore pulled off the audacious piece of skill, and then kept the ball afterwards. Truly remarkable.
The nitpickers out there may point to the fact that it didn’t actually lead to anything overly productive, bar a tame effort at goal, but we’re going to give him ten out of ten for effort anyway. Bravo.