The Cruyff turn. The Makelele role. The Panenka penalty.
Truly innovative players have been immortalised down the years by having either a position or trick named in their honour.
So here I am pitching for the same to happen for Andres Iniesta and his glorious, unstoppable shimmy.
Because ahead of his final appearance for Barcelona on Sunday night we are also waving goodbye to his signature move.
Known in Spain as ‘La Croqueta’, translated simply as ‘the roll’, it has bamboozled defenders for years despite seeming so simple in it execution.
That’s perhaps testament to Iniesta’s peerless ball control that he can make the hardest aspects of the game looks so effortless.
We’ve all seen it – and probably we’ve all tried it.
The Iniesta shimmy, the speedy shift from right to left to take it away from an opponent.
With glue on his insoles Iniesta is capable of executing it at such high speed without breaking stride.
And he’s been doing it consistently for a decade and a half.
It’s nothing flashy. There’s no rainbow flick or exuberant step over.
It’s just about pure technique and agility all rolled into one fluid movement.
Iniesta will be hoping to go out on a high against Real Sociedad with Barca already wrapping up the La Liga and Copa del Rey double this season.
Is it too much to ask for one final demonstration, Andres?
Dream Team World Cup has landed
The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.
That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Dream Team World Cup
- Completely free to enter
- £50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournament
- £175k total prizepot (for UK players only)
- PRE-REGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW
The game officially launches on June 1 – but you can pre-register for the game now.
If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:
- Download the Dream Team app
- Create an account
- Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions
From Russia with a whole lot of love.