Video: Venezuela U17 player executes a spectacular ‘Redondo’
While Zinedine Zidane’s ‘roulette’ move and Ronaldinho’s ‘flip-flap’ are increasingly prominent skills to grace the game, the ‘Redondo’ – made famous by Fernando Rodondo in Real Madrid’s dismantling of Manchester United in 2000 – is a pretty rare animal indeed.
Yet, here is a Redondo spotted in the wilds of the South American Under-17 Championships – a tournament that has already served up a mercurial bicycle kick from outside of the box.
The devastatingly dexterous back-heel came courtesy of Venezuela’s Ronaldo Peña.
Peña deployed the move late in the second half of his nation’s match against Brazil. Within a split-second the prodigious talent had gone from being marshaled into the confines of the touchline to finding himself free in the penalty box.
We wouldn’t blame him for ripping his jersey off and celebrating right there and then – the skill was more than enough to get the tongues of of the many European club scouts keeping a watchful eye on the tournament wagging.
Happily, he did the professional thing and knocked in a cross; one which resulted in a crucial penalty for his side.