Shooting & Free-Kicks: How to Emulate Cristiano Ronaldo
Every week, millions of people take part in soccer matches - whether they are putting on the shirt for their local Sunday League team or a professional footballer playing for Manchester United. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and 'the beautiful game' continues to improve on a regular basis.
Spectators are amazed by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo who continues to amaze and produces moments of brilliance throughout the course of the season.
Ronaldo is renowned for his ability to score incredible goals. In fact, the Portuguese star is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. The Real Madrid forward is coming off a sensational year and will be looking to shine at the Santiago Bernabeu under new manager Rafael Benitez. Despite his natural ability, it is unlikely that Ronaldo would have reached his current level if he hadn't trained religiously when he was younger.
It is crucial for youngsters to practice as much as they can while they are still in their development stage. Younger players adapt quicker to new drills and techniques, while older players may be more inclined to stick to traditional methods and skills. Here are just a few of the best ways to enhance your shooting ability and you could be replicating some of Ronaldo's greatest ever skill moves, tricks and goals for your local team. It's simple; if you want to end up among the sport's elite - like Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic amongst others - you will need to train hard.
Penalty Shoot Outs
A simple yet effective way of improving your shooting. Penalty shoot-outs test your ability to beat the goalkeeper from 12 yards and will enhance your shooting style due to the various types of penalty. While it is likely that you won't be pulling off a panenka every week, you will develop your accuracy as you aim for the corners of the goal. With lots of practice, you could become your team's number one spot-kick expert too. As with perfecting all skills, it is vital to continue practicing and improving your technique on a regular basis. Here are all of Ronaldo's penalty kicks from the 2014/15 season.
Cristiano Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the greatest free-kick takers of all-time. The former Manchester United star is brilliant at striking a dead ball and maintains that practice was key to improving his free-kicks. If you look at Ronaldo's career, he rarely took free kicks at Old Trafford until he forced the manager's hand - likely with consistent success on the training ground.
At home, you could originally start by shaping up free-kicks from just outside the box and developing your closer range shots before attempting 30-yard efforts. It is important to remember that, although you may be capable of firing an effort into the goal from 25 yards, you probably won't score free-kicks on every occasion. However, when you do rifle that perfect set-piece into the top corner, your team-mates and supporters will go wild. And once you've done that? Practice some more. You can never do it enough.