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Aiden McGeady's FIFA Exploits Have The 'New York Times' Talking

Aiden McGeady's FIFA Exploits Have The 'New York Times' Talking

The 'McGeady Spin' will be a move very familiar to 'FIFA' devotees. The skill, perfected by the Republic of Ireland's wing wizard Aiden McGeady, is a feature of the popular video game and when executed well is a source of pride in 'FIFA' tournaments around the globe.

Here's the 'McGeady Spin' in real life:

In a brilliant article in the 'New York Times' which looks at the benefits playing FIFA can have for playing real life football, Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi is discussing how some of his main influences in football came from the game.

Ronaldinho is the first player out of his mouth, closely followed by estranged former Celtic winger McGeady. But what is almost better than what Iwobi says is the (slightly poignant) description of McGeady by the article's author Rory Smith:

As with Pirlo and Nesta, Iwobi’s favorite team in FIFA was, as a rule, Barcelona — thanks to Ronaldinho, the Brazilian playmaker with the vivid imagination and the mischievous grin. 'He had all these tricks, things even he wouldn’t try in normal life,' Iwobi said.

He also had a soft spot for Aiden McGeady, an altogether less remarkable Irish winger. 'He had one turn that I would go out into the garden and practice,' Iwobi said.

It was the same with Ronaldinho.

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It perhaps sums up the frustrated dilemma one is faced with when assessing McGeady's career that in one sentence he is referred to as "the altogether less remarkable Irish winger" before shortly afterwards being mentioned in the same category as Ronaldinho.

Although in fairness, having a FIFA move named after you isn't bad, as far as legacies go.

Below is the 'McGeady Spin' in its FIFA form.

You can read the full, fascinating piece here.

(The New York Times)

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