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VIDEO: The 'any excuse for a rabona' compilation

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Off The Ball

15:06 24 Oct 2014

Thanks to Erik Lamela we're all talking about rabonas - or the art of kicking the ball from behind your standing leg in plain English. 

And thanks to Lamela, I have rabonas on the brain and have spent my morning perusing them...

 

Harry Kewell

I can recall the first time I saw a player perform a rabona. The year is unclear in my own mind, but the player was definitely Harry Kewell in his Leeds United incarnation which tells you how long ago that was - and how young I was. While it was a cross rather than a shot, it was still awe-inspiring.

Here's the Australian scoring with one on a training pitch...

 

Andre Ayew

Earlier in the week on Off The Ball, we were speaking to Ben Lyttleton about Marcelo Bielsa's magical impact at Marseille. So magical that Ghana international winger Andre Ayew scored one en lieu of a tap in last month against Stade Reims (from 4.11 in the video below)...

 

Marcos Rojo

This one is a bit risky but Man United's Argentine defender Marcos Rojo made use of a rabona to clear the ball against Bosnia during the World Cup...

 

Angel Di Maria

Fellow Red Devil and Argentine team-mate Angel Di Maria also has a penchant for rabonas...

 

Djalminha

It is also a penalty-taking technique in futsal... 

 

Neymar

Back in his Santos days, the Barcelona star incorporated the rabona into a dribble...

 

Eden Hazard

The Chelsea has also got in on the act...

 

Wojciech Szczesny

Even goalkeepers are at it (with the aid of an empty goal)...

 

 Erik Lamela (again)

 And just to round things off, Lamela had had a bit of practice...

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