While Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to score in his past 51 freekick attempts, Dutch “freekick specialist” Bas van Velzen has been taking social media by storm with his incredible rendition of the “knuckleball technique. The technique though popularised by CR7, has failed him of late.
Nonetheless, the 120-kg Dutch freekick sensation has impressed. His popularity, generated through his largely through his Youtube videos, has even caught the attention of UK-based betting exchange Betfair. They incidentally are the online betting partners of Liverpool Football Club. This led to a training session of sorts where Liverpool’s Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini, Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic attempted a number of freekicks alongside Bas van Velzen.
His talent and technique has sparked rumours of him courting offers from fitness specialists to get in shape and kick of a footballing career. While, hardly anything concrete has emerged on any developments towards going professional, Bas’s popularity at this point, in only going up!
A number of his videos by the username vvbasvv on Youtube have garnered curious attention to his use of the knuckleball technique.