Following Olivier Giroud’s awesome take down and finish for Arsenal against West Ham, we decided to compile a list of the best first touches you have ever seen.
Thanks to our Facebook and Twitter followers we came up with 10 rather good videos.
So good was it in fact, that Gazzetta dello Sport put all the first touches into one rather spiffy video!
The original list also featured a host of comments, with suggestions of some other brilliant first touches.
Incredibly, due to our own ridiculous oversight, we left out players such as Zinedine Zidane, Andres Iniesta, Romario and so on.
So, below is an alternative top 10 list of the best first touches you have seen…
Feel free to add more in the comments, we have no doubt missed many more!
Johan Cruyff (Ajax) v Den Haag, 1972
Mark Hughes (Manchester United) v Luton, 1992
Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal) v Leicester, 1997
Zinedine Zidane (France) v Portugal, 2000
Roman Riquelme (Argentina) v Brazil, 2006
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QqsEWJApwM (Embedding disabled – its worth a click!)
Ronaldinho with his back! (Barcelona)
Zinedine Zidane – magic ball control
Ronaldo (Corinthians) v Santos, 2009
Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United) v Blackpool, 2011
Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona) v Athletic Bilbao, 2012
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) v Aston Villa, 2013