8 players who made playing off the ball an art
- Here are eight players who made a name for themselves due to their clever movement off the ball.
Footballers who are great at playing off the ball are sometimes the biggest threats in a team, as they don’t need to create opportunities for themselves, but are almost always in the right spot for a goal-scoring opportunity.If a player moves intelligently without the ball, he could score with less than three touches after receiving.Some players have made this an art, and could be quite pesky, from a defensive point of view. They constantly make runs in behind or peel off defenders’ shoulders to get themselves clear on goal.
#1 Fernando Torres
Torres, who was named Atletico captain at just 19 years of age, scored a whopping 81 goals in 142 appearances for the Reds between 2007 and 2011.
After somewhat disappointing stints at Chelsea and AC Milan, the Spaniard returned to his boyhood club on a two-season loan from the Serie A side, but has yet to return to the scintillating form which prompted the Blues to part with £50 million five years ago.
Back when Torres was Torres, though, he was one hell of a striker. He employed pace and crafty movement to break away from defenders and score, often finding him with just a helpless keeper to beat.
Torres has certainly fallen from stardom, however, he will always be remembered fondly by Chelsea fans for that Champions League goal against Barcelona - another example of clever running.