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Ranking The Believability Of The Most Famous Football Trick Shots

Ranking The Believability Of The Most Famous Football Trick Shots
By Eoin Lyons
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As video editing and CGI have developed over the years, viewers have been treated to unbelievable scenes on their TV screens, from artificial wars, to deep space adventures and so on and so forth. Another by product of this evolution was the faked football trick shot.

Some of the biggest stars in world football have appeared in these doctored clips, usually promoting one brand or another. But are any of these feats achievable? For the majority no, but for the sake of argument let's take a look at whether any could be feasibly real.



I don't think anyone was expected to swallow this one, maybe if he had 'garryowened' it.



The best player in the world at the time, fans could be forgiven for falling for this one, but in all honesty if a player was this accurate in real life, it really wouldn't be fair on anyone.

Stewart Downing




Stewie Downing, to be fair, has 37 goals and 59 assists in his Premier League career. But despite this, the odds of him kicking four balls in a row into four bins around 30 yards away are massive. Liverpool chairman Tom Werner was reportedly fooled by the video however, with the Telegraph writing that the American was duped into thinking Downing was some sort of football genius. Following his move to Liverpool, Werner would quickly realise that this wasn't the case.

Steven Gerrard


Liverpool's greatest ever player was a fine passer of the ball in his day but hitting a moving clay pigeon after two attempts? Leave it bleerin' ou!


David Beckham


On the sand in your bare feet from 40 (?) yards, you're having a laugh mate.

Lionel Messi



The most/only believable trick shot on this list, this short spot for Adidas probably did take a couple of dozen takes to perfect, but it's still a manageable feat for the Barcelona star.

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