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Former Striker Explains How Cristiano Ronaldo’s Heading Technique Is 'Like A Perfect Golf Swing'

Former Striker Explains How Cristiano Ronaldo’s Heading Technique Is 'Like A Perfect Golf Swing'

After his three-goal haul in the last 16 second leg win over Atletico Madrid last month, Gary Lineker described Cristiano Ronaldo as the best header of a ball he's ever seen.

And the Portuguese superstar displayed his innate aerial prowess again tonight for his 125th Champions League goal when he met Joao Cancelo's cross to open the scoring against Ajax.

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It was the 97th headed goal of Ronaldo's illustrious career and it's brought us back to insight former striker Tony Cascarino offered regarding the 34-year old's sublime heading technique.

Cascarino, who previously played for Gillingham, Millwall and Chelsea, believes that Ronaldo could be the best when it comes to heading the ball and there's a number of factors as to why.

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"The range of headers Ronaldo can score is extraordinary and he has worked so hard to reinvent himself from the tricky winger who made his name at Manchester United a decade ago," he wrote in his column for the Times.

"The 34-year-old Portuguese has taken heading to a new level and has mastered so many different types of header when most players are lucky to be good at one or two.

"I always thought the best aspect of my game was my heading and there were not many better than me in England while I was playing.

"But Ronaldo is a class above anyone who has ever played the game.

"I've tried to explain before about how there are as many different ways of heading a football as there are kicking one. You can head with the left side, the right side, the forehead, or the top of the head.

"Ronaldo's heading is like a perfect golf swing, everything is working in tandem and when it all clicks there is little you can do to stop him.

"His body shape has changed a lot over the years and he has clearly spent a lot of time working on his upper body strength.

"This allows him to lift himself into the air and get his body in the right position to head the ball."

Ronaldo is just a joke in the air, isn't he? When the delivery is on point, it's just inevitable that he's going to rise highest.

During biomechanic tests on the forward at the University of Chichester in 2011, with the whole thing documented in an in-depth video for Castrol Edge Rankings, it emerged that Ronaldo is able to jump higher than an average NBA player - which is utterly insane when you think of it.


Able to generate 5G of G-force on take-off and helped by his a thigh circumference of 62cm, he can reach heights of 44 cm rom a standing start and 78 cm when he has a run-up - 7cm more than the average basketballer.

It's basically unfair for defenders to cope against him in the air.

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, cr7, Ballon d'Or, Header, Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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