Showstopping tricks: Elastico

For more than a decade, Ronaldinho has wowed the football world – and countless defenders – with his rubbery skills. Yes, the tricks are brilliant, but they’re not just for show, they’ve brought the Brazilian a World Cup, the Champions League and domestic titles in three countries.

The move that most defines the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner, though, is the elastico (or flip-flap). Shifting his weight from outside to in, the frequent nutmeg leaves his marker floundering and, best of all, embarrassed.

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Andrew Murray is a freelance journalist, who regularly contributes to both the FourFourTwo magazine and website. Formerly a senior staff writer at FFT and a fluent Spanish speaker, he has interviewed major names such as Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero and Xavi. He was also named PPA New Consumer Journalist of the Year 2015.