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If a free-kick is awarded and Cristiano
Ronaldo is playing, then he's not going to pass up the opportunity to have a
shot and probably score.
One of the most well-known aspects of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner in football today is the way in which he stands before he takes a free-kick.
Feet wide apart, three paces back from the ball and slightly positioned to the side.
Before the run-up, there's a deep sigh, with his lips pursed and his shoulders go up and down in almost exaggerated fashion.
And former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has revealed why the Juventus star does his trademark stance before free-kicks.
"People used to put the ball down, walk away, run up and hit it. He brought in a more dynamic showmanship," Phelan said (via the Daily Mail).
"He places the ball down, the concentration level is high, he takes his certain amount of steps back so that his standing foot is in the perfect place to hit the ball in the sweet spot.
"When he pulls those shorts up and shows his thighs, he is saying 'All eyes on me' and this is going in.
"He understands the marketing side of it. The way he struts up and places it; the world is watching him."
Only Ronaldo could commercialise a free-kick. And when they go in and it's beautiful to watch.
In the World Cup, a Ronaldo-stamped free-kick brought Portugal level 3-3 against Spain.
Talk about being centre stage; it sounds like Ronaldo relishes it.
No one has mastered the art of making the ball swirl once a free kick is taken like Ronaldo #UCL- Makelo (@ThisManAura) 23 October 2018
Ronaldo free kick :fire:- :beer: (@MthoZikode) 23 October 2018
Which is Ronaldo's best free-kick to date?
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