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Rory McIlroy thrashes Jamie Dornan in a game of football in Belfast

By Ali Gordon

World number one golfer Rory McIlroy has put his clubs down to take on 'Fifty Shades of Grey' heartthrob Jamie Dornan in a game of football in Belfast.

Northern Ireland's famous faces battled it out in a game of Circular Soccer, which is a brand new training aid and game played in a circular format. Rather than being played end-to-end, the game is played around a central point with a three-dimensional goal and is currently being trailed by FIFA as way of encouraging greater technical skills among young people learning the game.

The game is designed to encourage players to think faster, react quicker under pressure, train harder, be more competitive and add new skills to their game.

The short high-intensity video shot at Olympia, close to Northern Ireland's national football stadium, proves why McIlroy is the world's best golfer by thrashing the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' star 2-1.

The competitive Holywood pair were joined by Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill who lent his support to the initiative.

Visit and follow the hashtag #McIlroyvDornan to see the full video tomorrow.

"We have developed Circular Football specifically to get people playing a higher tempo style of football that encourages creativity and enjoyment," said Manchester United defender Jonny Evans' father, Jackie Evans.

While McIlroy and Dornan both showed their sporty sides, we're not predicting a career swap any time soon.

Read today's Belfast Telegraph for the exclusive on the background to Circular Soccer, and why Northern Ireland's celebrities Rory McIlroy and Jamie Dornan are onside.

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