Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Euro 2012: The tricksters and dribblers

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
During his early days at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo was written off by many as being nothing more than a show pony, all step-overs and tricks without any end product. There can be few people who think that today. While the Portuguese superstar's penchant for fancy footwork has not dwindled, his all-round game has developed by frightening proportions. A nightmare to defend against, Ronaldo's pacy dribbling and quick feet, as well as his eye for the spectacular mark him out as one of the most skilful players in world football. Arguably the best player in the tournament, Portugal will need every last trick from their captain if they are to progress from 'the group of death'.

Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of weeks and in anticipation the Belfast Telegraph is running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

From free-kick takers to hot-heads, blasts from the past to the youngsters, we'll have it all covered before things kick-off in Warsaw.

Here, we bring you the tricksters and dribblers bound for Euro 2012. These are the players who love a keepy-uppy and a step over, and will be hoping to dazzle defenders as they do the fans.