Sexy free kick ritual
I always found Cristiano’s free kick ritual extremely sexy - besides being one of his most compelling and effective skills.
How hard he concentrates! The balance between calmness and body tension, the spread legs, the flexed fingers, the determined look in his eyes.
I wonder how many thousands of times he already practised. I think it already became second nature to him. Often after the training sessions with the team, he stays alone on the pitch, shooting free kicks over and over again.
- place the ball carefully on the pitch
- take some deep, deep breaths, yoga-like
- take 5 steps back
- concentrate hard
- spread the legs
- stand still like a beautiful statue in this position for some seconds
- the extreme concentration can be observed until his fingertips
- take the kick
Cristiano gave a little hint:
“The secret? I will not reveal it, for I would be giving a trump card to my opponents.
I can state only the success or failure at the moment of taking the free kick is directly related to the position of the body, the way one runs towards the ball and the way one positions one’s feet. At that moment, I think only about which side of the net I’m going to aim for.
I look at the ball, I look at the net and I say to myself, ‘Take the kick, Ronaldo,” then I shoot. Sometimes it ends well, sometimes not so well.”
Here is a perfect example: