How To Shoot CR7 Freekicks Like Ronaldo! With Knuckleball Battle
How to Kick Like Cristiano Ronaldo
CR7 is one of the greatest to ever play the game. Other than his teamwork, crazy dribbling skills, and on-field strategical smarts, one of the most notable things about Ronaldo's gameplay is his kick, which he dubs the "knuckleball." By learning the right technique, you can work Ronaldo's kick into your own repertoire. See Step 1 for more information.
Taking Free Kicks
Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his free kicks and for the patented knuckleball-style dip effect he gets when taking them. To accomplish the Cristiano Ronaldo Free Kick, you need to learn to put very little spin on the ball, forcing it to dip suddenly downward while still shooting an accurate shot with a super-charged velocity that'll be difficult to defend against.
Position the ball with the valve facing you.This is optional although it can give the ball better flight movement in the air. When Ronaldo takes a free kick, he always lines up the ball so the valve will make contact with his foot. It's difficult to know if this contact has any real effect on the trajectory of the ball or if it's just superstition, but it can't hurt to try.
Take five steps back to the right if you're right footed or to the left if you're left footed.And then take one and a half steps to the left.He then stands with his arms straight down and his legs spread very wide, more than shoulder-width. As he approaches, he works a distinctive stutter-step into his kicks. Taking a few quick stutters tends to throw off the goalkeepers and other defenders, so they won't know exactly when the kick is coming.
Plant your non-kicking foot and lean forward.Plant your other foot beside the ball and to the opposite side of your strong foot to get the proper angle for an upward arch of the ball.
- His free-kicks tend to go up high very quickly, seeming to explode off his foot. This comes from the quick and short follow through right after making contact with the ball. Done properly, the kick won't spin, but will arc up, then dip back down quickly, or zig-zag according to the power put in with the follow-through.
Contact the ball just below the centre of the ball center with your instep.You want to make contact on the ball with the long bone in your foot that runs from your big toe to the top of your foot. Aim for the nozzle valve that you faced toward you at the beginning of the kick.
- To give it the knuckle-ball effect, you need to avoid putting any English or spin on the ball whatsoever. Try to hit the ball just below the middle but not too low so that it doesn't take backspin.Not rolling it off your foot at all.
Follow through.The most important part of the kick is the follow-through. Follow through by pointing your kicking foot where you want the ball to go, swiveling around toward your target and driving your plant foot off the ground and up into the air. Bring your kicking knee straight up instead of the more traditional follow-through in which you end up to the side.
- Imagine you wanted to make the knee of your kicking foot touch your chin after you make contact with the ball. Done properly, your kicking foot should hit the ground first. Now stand back and watchyour knuckle-ball in all its unpredictable glory.
Taking Crosses and Dribbling
One of the great things about Ronaldo's play is that he spreads the wealth, looking for the best opportunities for his team to score. That means big crosses and corner-kicks. He can also move all around the field, playing on the left, the right, or in the center on offense. His ambidextrous footwork makes him one of the greatest to ever play the game.
Take the ball into the box.Unlike Beckham, known for his long, elegant, arcing crosses with a metric-ton of English on them, Ronaldo's crosses are more like little behind-the-back passes in basketball. He takes the ball deep into enemy territory, then pops it into the air back across the field of play toward a team made for a header or a shot.
- Though he often plays on the left side of the field, Ronaldo also switches, depending on the play as it progresses, and will go to the center to take crosses as well.
Pop the ball up to a teammate.To pop a Ronaldo-style cross, make contact with your foot straight, and your plant foot well-behind the ball. Make your follow-through very short to pop the ball up as much as possible, giving your teammate an opportunity to get a head on it.
Develop your cross from both feet.One of the freakiest things about Ronaldo is that he seems to be just as good from both feet. His left-footed crosses and shots are just as wobbly and accurate as his right-footed crosses. Work on your non-dominant footwork by doing dribbling drills with both feet, and taking as many wrong-footed shots on goal as possible. Practice your fundamentals until you can get the right kind of power from both feet, even if it feels backwards.
Control your dribble with step-overs.Ronaldo's footwork makes him able to get the crosses off in time, making his play unpredictable and thrilling to watch. If you want to be able to take the ball that deep into territory, you're going to have to be able to evade defensive players and juke them out of their shorts.
- Practice step-overs to imitate Ronaldo's great dribble. Also try to practice his distinctive behind-the-leg direction switching pass that he does to himself.
QuestionWill practicing with soft balls help?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. Practicing with a soft ball will make it harder to dribble and you will find yourself overcompensating for the lack of bounce. It's best to train with the same ball size and inflation level that you will use in a game.Thanks!
QuestionWhen I shoot it is not accurate. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTo have an accurate and powerful shot, make sure you know where you are on the field, what kind of situation you are in and what your skills are. Knowing all of this will come in handy in game. For example, if you're not so great on long distance shots, maybe you need to dribble in more, but you need to practice shooting on the goal by itself at different distances and angles to help on accuracy. Make sure you look where you need to hit and strike the ball in the appropriate area with the appropriate area of your foot. And, just keep practicing.Thanks!
QuestionWhich part of the foot is used when going for a knuckle ball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe medial cuneiform of your foot. Look it up - it's the hard bone on your instep.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I kick like Pogba?Community AnswerKicking like Pogba means kicking like a pro. Kick using the inside of your foot to kick like Pogba.Thanks!
QuestionMy shot always spins. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThat's called backspin, and it slows down your kick. This may be caused by the area where you strike the ball. Practice kicking different spots on the ball with different parts of your feet.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I curve a soccer ball?Adam BlythCommunity AnswerTo curve a soccer ball, kick with the inside of your foot and hit the side of the ball instead of the middle. You could also use the wind to help curve the ball.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I do a knuckleball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerHit the ball in the middle of the valve of the ball. It doesn't matter where it is facing.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I do a step over without stress?Bhavya TyagiCommunity AnswerStart slowly with a constant ball. When you are perfect, then do it with a moving ball and to do it with out stress. You should always try it with a friend.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I do a long shot?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerRun up to the ball and kick it as hard as you can with your dominant foot.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I become a clinical finisher like Harry Kane?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBy training hard every day on the pitch. You should practice your shooting more. A good idea is to have a keeper on the target so it will be harder for you to score. You can also watch videos about it.Thanks!
- Practice before you attempt it in front of your coach.
- Practice makes perfect.
- Practice kicking, do sprinting exercise, and stay healthy.
- Exercise and do some jogging, it will help.
- Make stops in the middle of your kick.
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