Back in the olden days before nearly-universal soccer coverage, highlight compilation VHS tapes were among the only reliable methods to watch soccer played at the highest level. I became a lifelong Juventus supporter that way, and learned much of what I knew about soccer as a youngster through that medium. When 2005 came along, YouTube entered the fray, and the soccer highlight game changed dramatically. No longer was it necessary to rewind an old VHS tape to get to my favorite Edgar Davids skills, all I had to do was do a simple YouTube search and watch the Pitbull to my heart’s content.
I’d read much about Juan Román Riquelme and seen him play a few times on television for Boca Juniors, Villarreal,Barcelona and Argentina, but I really and truly fell in love with him as a player through YouTube. His astonishing array of flicks, tricks, passes, and most of all nutmegs made him simply irresistible to a kid who loved to embarrass opponents with the ball at his feet. Blessed with an incredibly quick first step, deceptive strength, and mind-boggling control, Riquelme truly is one of the most underrated players of all time. One of my favorite ever YouTube videos was released in 2006, and I’ve probably accounted for 400,000 of the 1,500,000+ views at this point. It is my sincere hope that you’ve been able to watch El Torero on TV at least once in his prime, but at the very least this clip of his top 10 skills will sate you. Number 3 will forever be my pick of the litter, but everyone can find something to appreciate in this video. Let us know your favorite in the comments below!