Video: Is this two-ball trick-shot by Marco Reus real or completely fake?
Sure it looks good on camera but we’d be inclined to think that there is a little technological skulduggery at play here.
There’s no doubting that Marco Reus is a hugely talented and extremely skilful footballer; he’s shown that for Borussia Dortmund and the German national side in recent years and besides, you don’t earn the nickname ‘Rolls Reus’ for nothing, even if his surname makes that moniker very convenient indeed.
As much as we admire him, however, we think he’s having us on here with a two-ball trick-shot he carried out in a promotional shoot for Puma, juggling one ball for a few seconds before giving it an agricultural hoof in the air and then striking another ball to connect with it perfectly on the way down.
What makes us so sceptical? For starters, the first ball seems to take an age to come down and there’s an all too convenient shake of the camera just before the two balls make contact. Reus’ joy at pulling off the shot doesn’t seem all that convincing either and we’ve become incredibly cynical after seeing dodgy videos of this ilk in the past (Ronaldinho hitting the crossbar repeatedly anyone?).
In reality, it’s not exactly an impossible shot to pull off so maybe we’re being too hard on Reus but we’ll let you watch the video for yourself above and make up your own mind.
Hat-tip: Paddy Power