The sport of football not only satiates the fans' quest for entertainment but also leaves a lasting memorable impression in their memories. And especially in this game where simplicity almost always translates to beauty, the simplest of deeds effected in simple style arouses instant uproar and cheers from fans.
Beating your marker with one slick touch on the ball, keeping possession with one-touch passes across the pitch to the opponent's goal...For the same reason, tiki taka playing style took the world of football by storm. It left fans speechless with amazement and football analysts were stunned for words. It simply was beauty; and watching Barcelona play repaid the full measure of fans' expectations and still retained its entertaining aspect. The Barcelona team under Pep Guardiola was the definition of simplicity.
Johan Cruyff himself, who pioneered this style of play while at Barcelona in the 90s, said that the ultimate technique in football was in effecting one touch passes with the right speed and weight to the right foot of a teammate.
Today, a scout will spot and even allow himself to be impressed by a player whose playing style is the simplest and therefore the most beautiful and proof of his genius. In football simple is beautiful; and to keep it simple requires genius and high levels of composure and self-confidence.
Entertainers and tricksters live long in the memory of fans, but players who influence the game by orchestrating simple plays go down in records as geniuses. The game has known a good number of entertainers and geniuses, yet there are those who properly fall in between while others like Scholes and Deco remaining only as 'silent geniuses'.
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