Because soccer players strike the ball into the goal with quick speed, the goalkeepers have to be even faster in order to prevent a score. With such agile goalkeepers, however, how do soccer stars manage to get a goal in at all?
For Real madrid CF's Portuguese ace Christiano Ronaldo, a challenging goal keeper means stepping up his free kick game.
The Ronaldo rocket, an explosive technique that launches the ball forward, depends on a certain amount of awkwardness on the free kicker's part. Rather than striking from the side, he stands directly behind the ball and kicks it with his foot completely straight. Although difficult to master, the direct contact gives the ball an extra jolt of energy (and gives you more control) so you add both precision and power to your goal.
Real Madrid CF's Portuguese ace Cristiano Ronaldo has got one of the most explosive free-kick techniques around, leaving many a goalkeeper helpless as the ball flies by them into the back of the net. Now you can learn how to perform the Ronaldo rocket thanks to a step-by-step guide from the Training Ground's resident expert, Woody.