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Cristiano Ronaldo's Christmas box of tricks

Published: Friday 26 December 2008, 13.20CET
The big names of the Premier League have a busy holiday period with two matches in three days and by visiting the UEFA Training Ground section you too could master top tricks from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo's Christmas box of tricks
It may be Christmas but there is no rest for Cristiano Ronaldo ©Getty Images

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Published: Friday 26 December 2008, 13.20CET

Cristiano Ronaldo's Christmas box of tricks

The big names of the Premier League have a busy holiday period with two matches in three days and by visiting the UEFA Training Ground section you too could master top tricks from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Football during the Christmas period is a long-held tradition in England and while the Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC, Arsenal FC and Manchester United FC take a break from the UEFA Champions League, they are all in action domestic with Cristiano Ronaldo sure to be key for the titleholders as they take on Stoke City FC.

Skills school
Ronaldo, who was recently named the European Footballer of the Year, was key to United's charge to both the Premier League and UEFA Champions League crowns last term. Now, thanks to the UEFA Training Ground, you can learn some of the Portuguese star's most impressive skills in the UEFA Champions League Skills School.

Top tricks
With the guidance of the Training Ground's very own skills guru Paul Wood, you can learn how to perform the Ronaldo Chop, a skill that is bound to confuse any defender. Once you have mastered that one you could try your hand at the Ronaldo knee juggle. While most people run with the ball at their feet, Ronaldo breaks from the norm to control it with his knees! There are also tricks which have all been displayed at the highest level by the likes of Ronaldinho, Samir Nasri, Lionel Messi and Zinédene Zidane.

Big names
The Training Ground now hosts over 170 videos and features exclusive masterclass sessions from big-name players such Kaká, Andrea Pirlo, Robinho, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Deco and Klaas Jan Huntelaar. Coaches Roy Hodgson and Lars Lagerbäck have also been recruited to help inform and educate players and coaches of all ages and abilities, while Europe's top referees offer guides to rules, regulations and much more, all as part of the most comprehensive guide to skills and tactics on the internet.

Last updated: 27/12/08 13.00CET

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