How to Kick Like Cristiano Ronaldo

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31-01-2017, 12:12
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CR7 is one of the greatest to ever play the game. Other than his teamwork, crazy dribbling skills, and on-field strategical smarts, one of the most notable things about Ronaldo's gameplay is his kick, which he dubs the "knuckleball." By learning the right technique, you can work Ronaldo's kick into your own repertoire. See Step 1 for more information.

Taking Free Kicks

  1. Position the ball with the valve facing you. This is optional although it can give the ball better flight movement in the air. When Ronaldo takes a free kick, he always lines up the ball so the valve will make contact with his foot. It's difficult to know if this contact has any real effect on the trajectory of the ball or if it's just superstition, but it can't hurt to try.
  2. Take five steps back to the right if you're right footed or to the left if you're left footed.And then take one and a half steps to the left. He then stands with his arms straight down and his legs spread very wide, more than shoulder-width. As he approaches, he works a distinctive stutter-step into his kicks. Taking a few quick stutters tends to throw off the goalkeepers and other defenders, so they won't know exactly when the kick is coming.
  3. Plant your non-kicking foot and lean forward. Plant your other foot beside the ball and to the opposite side of your strong foot to get the proper angle for an upward arch of the ball.
    • His free-kicks tend to go up high very quickly, seeming to explode off his foot. This comes from the quick and short follow through right after making contact with the ball. Done properly, the kick won't spin, but will arc up, then dip back down quickly, or zig-zag according to the power put in with the follow-through.
  4. Contact the ball just below the centre of the ball center with your instep. You want to make contact on the ball with the long bone in your foot that runs from your big toe to the top of your foot. Aim for the nozzle valve that you faced toward you at the beginning of the kick.
    • To give it the knuckle-ball effect, you need to avoid putting any English or spin on the ball whatsoever. Try to hit the ball just below the middle but not too low so that it doesn't take backspin.Not rolling it off your foot at all.
  5. Follow through. The most important part of the kick is the follow-through. Follow through by pointing your kicking foot where you want the ball to go, swiveling around toward your target and driving your plant foot off the ground and up into the air. Bring your kicking knee straight up instead of the more traditional follow-through in which you end up to the side.
    • Imagine you wanted to make the knee of your kicking foot touch your chin after you make contact with the ball. Done properly, your kicking foot should hit the ground first. Now stand back and watch your knuckle-ball in all its unpredictable glory.

Taking Crosses and Dribbling

  1. Take the ball into the box. Unlike Beckham, known for his long, elegant, arcing crosses with a metric-ton of English on them, Ronaldo's crosses are more like little behind-the-back passes in basketball. He takes the ball deep into enemy territory, then pops it into the air back across the field of play toward a team made for a header or a shot.
    • Though he often plays on the left side of the field, Ronaldo also switches, depending on the play as it progresses, and will go to the center to take crosses as well.
  2. Pop the ball up to a teammate. To pop a Ronaldo-style cross, make contact with your foot straight, and your plant foot well-behind the ball. Make your follow-through very short to pop the ball up as much as possible, giving your teammate an opportunity to get a head on it.
  3. Develop your cross from both feet. One of the freakiest things about Ronaldo is that he seems to be just as good from both feet. His left-footed crosses and shots are just as wobbly and accurate as his right-footed crosses. Work on your non-dominant footwork by doing dribbling drills with both feet, and taking as many wrong-footed shots on goal as possible. Practice your fundamentals until you can get the right kind of power from both feet, even if it feels backwards.
  4. Control your dribble with step-overs. Ronaldo's footwork makes him able to get the crosses off in time, making his play unpredictable and thrilling to watch. If you want to be able to take the ball that deep into territory, you're going to have to be able to evade defensive players and juke them out of their shorts.
    • Practice step-overs to imitate Ronaldo's great dribble. Also try to practice his distinctive behind-the-leg direction switching pass that he does to himself.


  • Practice before you attempt it in front of your coach.
  • Practice makes perfect.
  • Practice kicking, do sprinting exercise, and stay healthy.
  • Exercise and do some jogging, it will help.
  • Make stops in the middle of your kick.
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