Ian Wright produces Ronaldinho-esque first touch on Instagram

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Ian Wright is widely regarded as one of Arsenal's greatest ever players.

Throughout his seven-year spell in north London, the former striker scored an incredible 185 goals in just 288 games - a goal-to-game ratio of 0.74.

Upon his depature to West Ham in 1998, it was widely expected his all-time goalscoring record at Arsenal would never be broken.


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That would prove not to be the case, of course, with Thierry Henry arriving one year later and scoring 228 goals in 377 appearances during an eight-year stint.

Wright, now 53, would eventually retire at Burnley in 2000 at the age of 36.

Fans often question whether professional footballers 'lose it' when they hang up their boots and hit middle age, but for Wright, that's simply not the case.

The Arsenal legend posted a video on his Instagram yesterday proving that he still possesses an impeccable - and Ronaldinho-esque - first touch (see below).


Wright amusingly edited the footage to include the caption "Ronaldinho who?", referencing the Brazilian's own perfect attempt at controlling a football from God knows how high (again, see below).

Judging by the ball's flight time, we can safely assume it was kicked at least 50 feet into the air.

And yet it could have all been so different for Wright who, writing for The Sun recently, revealed how he almost threw away his career by smoking cannabis at Crystal Palace.

"It [was] the first time I'd ever seen them (drug testers) and I panicked inside - I've been smoking cannabis, less than 24 hours earlier, and if that test comes back positive that's it," he wrote.

"I'm practically paralysed while trying to act unconcerned. What hit me the most is how much I would have been letting people from my area down.

"If I had got caught on that drugs test it would have been beyond them, they just wouldn't have understood it: 'What?! You got into Crystal Palace and you didn't stop smoking weed?'

"From that day to this I never smoked a spliff again."

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