Cristiano Ronaldo (26 Viewers)

sgjuveboy

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Oct 31, 2012
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I honestly believe that being short is an advantage in football.

Short players tend to have better balance (lower centre of gravity) and are more agile than tall players. Those are two huge advantages in football.

You will never see mazy dribble from Ronaldo where he weaves between numerous opponents like you do with Messi or Maradona, because he does not have the right body for it. He’s 6 foot 2, not 5 foot 7.

Of course Ronaldo’s size also gives him some advantages: he’s stronger and more dangerous in the air. However I believe that the advantages of being short - particularly for attacking players - outweigh the drawbacks.
Short players can only fully capitalize on their good balance if they have strength. Messi is really strong on the ball. Same as Salah. Both has built their core and thigh muscles for endurance and explosive speed.

However, the same can’t be said for Giovinco and Dybala. Both are rather weak off and on the ball. It has as if Juve coaches suck at training short players.
 

Mr Chocolate

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Dec 23, 2012
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I mean the best striker in the world atm (Lew) is tall, you also have Messi and other attacking players that are short and successful

obviously there are strengths and weaknesses, its up to the coach to play to their respective strengths, and ours sadly refuses to play any crosses into the best headerer in the world
 

il brutto

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Jun 6, 2015
8,573
I honestly believe that being short is an advantage in football.

Short players tend to have better balance (lower centre of gravity) and are more agile than tall players. Those are two huge advantages in football.

You will never see mazy dribble from Ronaldo where he weaves between numerous opponents like you do with Messi or Maradona, because he does not have the right body for it. He’s 6 foot 2, not 5 foot 7.

Of course Ronaldo’s size also gives him some advantages: he’s stronger and more dangerous in the air. However I believe that the advantages of being short - particularly for attacking players - outweigh the drawbacks.
How tall are you?
 

Nedved96

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Sep 1, 2017
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180 cm

I had quite a late growth spurt (I was 160 cm at the age 15). As someone played football at high school level, one of the things I noticed after my growth spurt was that my agility and balance just wasn’t the same anymore. I became less agile and I fell down easier.

I’m not claiming to be a great player or anything. I’m bang average. But these are just my personal observations.
 
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Luca

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Apr 22, 2007
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I honestly believe that being short is an advantage in football.

Short players tend to have better balance (lower centre of gravity) and are more agile than tall players. Those are two huge advantages in football.

You will never see mazy dribble from Ronaldo where he weaves between numerous opponents like you do with Messi or Maradona, because he does not have the right body for it. He’s 6 foot 2, not 5 foot 7.

Of course Ronaldo’s size also gives him some advantages: he’s stronger and more dangerous in the air. However I believe that the advantages of being short - particularly for attacking players - outweigh the drawbacks.
The existence of a player like Gullit who could play in a ‘weaving way’ yet absolutely dominated players with his sheer size proves your statement to be quite wrong.

Every disadvantage has its advantage.
 
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The existence of a player like Gullit who could play in a ‘weaving way’ yet absolutely dominated players with his sheer size proves your statement to be quite wrong.

Every disadvantage has its advantage.
Who is this Gullit guy? My son is trending to be a very big man when he grows up and loves football, I try to show him youtube vids of bigger players specifically at forward.
 

il brutto

Senior Member
Jun 6, 2015
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180 cm

I had quite a late growth spurt (I was 160 cm at the age 15). As someone played football at high school level, one of the things I noticed after my growth spurt was that my agility and balance just wasn’t the same anymore. I became less agile and I fell down easier.

I’m not claiming to be a great player or anything. I’m bang average. But these are just my personal observations.
It may take some time to fill out the frame if you grow a lot in a small time period. However once you add the necessary muscle and get used to the bigger body I don't think it matters much. Zidane is probably the player that had the best balance and body control out of all the players I've witnessed and he is 185cm.

 

Bianconero81

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Jan 26, 2009
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It may take some time to fill out the frame if you grow a lot in a small time period. However once you add the necessary muscle and get used to the bigger body I don't think it matters much. Zidane is probably the player that had the best balance and body control out of all the players I've witnessed and he is 185cm.

Elegance and grace personified. I love Zizou - he was magic on the ball.
 

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