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Top 10 Cristiano Ronaldo Football Skills to Learn in 2021

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most gifted and hard-working footballers the world has ever seen. He is world-renowned for a lot of things but his skills stand out among most other aspects.

Top 10 Cristiano Ronaldo Skills

If you’re keen to learn some of the skills that make Cristian Ronaldo one of the greatest footballers to ever play the beautiful game, then you’re in the right place. Here are ten of Ronaldo’s favourite skills, when to use them and how to pull them off.

  1. Stepover Chop

Use when – changing direction quickly

How to do it – Throw one foot over the ball to perform a stepover. Use the other foot to ‘chop’ the ball with your instep behind your standing leg. Change direction to run after the ball.

Difficulty – 4/10


  1. Ronaldo Stepover

Use when – beating an opponent

How to do it – Move your weight towards your weaker foot so that the ball is placed off-center in front of you. With your other foot, push the ball forwards with your instep slightly, before throwing your foot around it clockwise. Push the ball with your weaker foot and move in that direction.

Difficulty – 5/10


  1. Ronaldo Chop

Use when – changing direction unexpectedly

How to do it – Whilst running with the ball, jump over it with one leg outstretched. Use this foot to push the ball with your instep when landing. Make sure to keep your other foot out the way as the ball heads in that direction. Change direction sharply to follow the ball.

Difficulty –  6/10


  1. Elastico

Use when – attempting to beat a defender

How to do it – Shift your body weight to one side with your shoulder dipped in this direction. Push the ball with the opposite foot away from your body. In one fluid motion, move that same foot around the ball so that it is outstretched and pull the ball back towards you with your instep. Use your body weight to push off in that direction.

Difficulty – 7/10


  1. CR7 Fake Move

Use when – attempting to lose a marker

How to do it – When coming to a stop, place one foot over the ball and drag it back. As the ball rolls back, dangle that same foot over the ball and move it side to side as if you’re about to pull off a skill. Quickly pull that foot back and knock the ball back in the direction you were heading and accelerate away from your marker.

Difficulty – 4/10


  1. Reverse Elastico

Use when – to send your opponent the wrong way

How to do it – begin with the ball slightly in front of you with legs spreads. Plant your standing foot ready to take off in the opposite direction. With your dominant foot, push into the ball with your instep before moving your foot around the ball and pushing with the outside of your foot in one fluid motion.

Difficulty rating – 5/10


  1. Ball Roll Chop

Use when – changing direction and fooling marker

How to do it – Position yourself so the ball is slightly off-center in front and in front of you. Take one foot and roll it over the ball from out to in so that it moves across your body. With your other foot ‘chop’ the ball with your instep, sending it behind your new standing leg. Change direction and follow the ball’s new direction.

Difficulty rating – 8/10


  1. Sonic Turn

Use when – turning quickly past an opponent

How to do it – Step ahead of the ball with one foot and flick the ball with the instep of your other foot. Pivot on the foot that stepped ahead of the ball and swing your other foot round to push the ball away. Follow the ball in the new direction.

Difficulty rating – 6/10


  1. CR7 Special

Use when – you want to confuse your marker and then confuse them again for good measure

How to do it – Roll one foot over the ball from out to in. Take a couple of steps forward to position yourself in the path of the ball. Allow it to run behind the foot that didn’t roll over the ball and trap it with your original foot in a ‘rabona’ stance.

Position yourself with a foot either side of the ball, then knock it with the instep of the same foot onto your standing foot. Knock it back with your standing foot and perform a stepover to allow the ball past your original foot. Simple.

Difficulty rating – 10/10


      1. CR7 Combo

Use when – dribbling towards an opponent

How to do it – Roll your foot over the ball pushing in front of you. Step over the ball with your other foot as the ball continues to roll. Throw that same foot back over the ball and roll it from out to in with your other foot.

Difficulty rating – 8/10



The skills described apart are of varying difficulties but each will take time to learn and master. If you’re keen to help your child learn new skills and have fun whilst practising them, why not consider a football school?

Samba Soccer Schools in London are perfect for children with a passion for football and an eagerness to learn. We provide a fun and friendly environment that encourages kids and brings the best out of them. Find out more about us here.

If your child loves Ronaldo, why not bring them down to a Samba Soccer Schools where they can learn to play football in the Brazilian way?

FAQs About Cristiano Ronaldo Football Skills

Can my child learn Ronaldo football skills?

Of course! Anyone can learn Ronaldo football skills, all it takes is time, effort, and commitment.

What is Cristiano Ronaldo’s best football skill?

Ronaldo has a long list of skills he likes to use. His best is very much dependant on the situation but the Ronaldo chop stands out as a simple and effective skill that he implements into many of his other tricks. 

How To Shoot CR7 Freekicks Like Ronaldo?

There are a lot of different parts to a CR7 free-kick. From ball placement to breathing, power, and kicking technique. A lot of the basic skills can be learnt at a Samba Soccer Schools session, so why not take a look?

How to do Ronaldo skills and tricks?

The above article goes into detail on how to perform a lot of Ronaldo’s most famous skills and when the best time to use them is.

Where Can I find the best soccer school in London to learn Ronaldo skills?

There are a lot of options but Samba Soccer Schools is a great place to start!

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