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5 of the toughest football skills to master

  • If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. Here's 5 skills that are tough to master even for world class players in the modern day.
Daniel Pinder
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Modified 26 Oct 2017, 20:18 IST

#3 Beating the first man from a set-piece/cross

David Beckham
David Beckham

Even at the highest level, be it Premier League or Champions League, we always see footballers failing to beat the first man both at set-pieces and down the by-line. It’s one of the most frustrating things to watch when your winger gets past his man only to fail miserably at finding a teammate in the penalty area.

Crossing is a skill that takes hours upon hours of training every week while only a small percentage are perfect at it, even at the top of modern football.

Take a player like David Beckham, for example. He’s arguably the greatest crosser of the ball to ever grace the football pitch. Many would argue he wasn’t the best at dribbling and he wasn’t the fastest, but you don’t need that if you can put a good cross in from deep, which the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder certainly did.

West Bromwich Albion have always been a team that excels in this area. They're the current top scorers in the 2017/18 Premier League season for goals scored from a set-piece, while they've been doing it for some time now.

Having someone who is able to get on the end of corners and indirect free-kicks always helps. You only have to take a look at AS Monaco last season, who scored 20 from set-piece routines as they went on to lift the Ligue 1 title.

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Published 26 Oct 2017, 20:18 IST
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