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The science behind Messi and Ronaldo’s free-kick techniques – The Squawka Talker

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Messi vs Ronaldo: Free-kick techniques explained
The Squawka Talker football podcast

Published: 10:58, 27 April 2020 | Updated: 11:31, 24 May 2020

Timings for this week’s topics on the Squawka Talker football podcast:

00:04:20 – 00:13:55 | Is there a reason for Cristiano Ronaldo’s dramatic run-up?

“Ronaldo’s routine allows muscle memory to take over and his technique relies on the ‘recoil effect’ to generate shot power.”

00:13:55 – 00:26:10 | Why Lionel Messi ‘sprains’ his ankle when taking free-kicks

“That’s what makes Messi incredible…he’s an artist”

00:27:10 – 00:35:55 | The science behind the knuckleball and the valve myth

“No one can predict the environment and that’s what makes it so hard for a goalkeeper.”

00:35:55 – 00:44:05 | Bruno Fernandes, Jorginho and the hop, skip, jump, score technique

“When you have more margin for error, you can do a lot more and get away with it.”

00:44:05 – 00:49:25 | Messi’s unique scoop technique and Happy Gilmore hip artistry

“That’s the most mobile position for the hip in a human body!”

00:49:46 – 00:56:40 | Why can’t Cristiano Ronaldo score free-kicks right now?

“Even though the principle of it is relatively simple, the execution of it can be very sensitive.”

00:56:40 – END | Favourite Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo free-kicks

“It might be the best free-kick I’ve ever seen… it really summed up what Messi has become.”

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