Magic Mike—The casual genius of Michael Laudrup

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Scott Oliver | MUNDIAL
July 2018 | 14-minute read


He would often stop his markers dead in their tracks; then, as they were momentarily flat-footed, much as a matador allows the tiring, defeated bull to brush his thighs, he would slip the ball inches from the helpless defender’s feet before gliding clear. His signature trick was the croqueta—switching the ball quickly between feet to slalom between two onrushing defenders—since trademarked by one Andres Iniesta.


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