The Czech Republic legend Antonin Panenka, has officially named Spaniard Sergio Ramos as the best impersonator for his famous penalty kick.
In the football vernacular, pretty much everybody knows what a Panenka penalty is and it appears that Sergio Ramos is the one who has the style locked down perfectly.
The Czech Republic’s former footballer Antonin Panenka, made this style of shooting penalties famous around the world during the 1976 European Championship when his National Team faced Germany in the final and shocked the world by winning the competition with this penalty from Panenka.
The special feature about this style of penalty, is the way in which the taker fools the goalkeeper with a soft dink of the ball that seems to stop time for a few fractions of a second.
Right after scoring the winning penalty against legendary goalkeeper Sepp Meier, Antonin Panenka never imagined the influence that this career-defining moment had in world football for the rest of eternity.
Today, every time a player scores a penalty like this, the shot gets recognized as a ‘Panenka’ attempt and this is one of the reasons why the Czech legend feels so honored every time this happens.
There have been many players like Andrea Pirlo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, even Ronaldinho.
All of them have scored a ‘Panenka’ penalty throughout their careers, but the man himself has just named the player he thinks does this trick best.
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“I love how Sergio Ramos does it. I think that he has done several more times, I remember him doing it at the 2012 European Championship actually,” said Panenka to Goal.
“I do think that he can be my best ‘impersonator’, the one who takes the best Panenka penalties out there.”
“The most impressive part is that he has already done it several times and the people know he can do it again, and yet he still manages to pull it off. It’s a work of genius.”
“I love Spanish football. Even when there are not many goals scored, I always find interesting things when I’m watching a match from La Liga. There is always a great pass, an exquisite ball control technique…”
“I was very close to playing in Spain. Real Murcia actually wanted to sign me one time, but the negotiations didn’t go through in the end.”
“I had actually practiced that penalty for two years prior to the European Championship in 1976. I just realized that pretty much all goalkeepers chose to go to one side or the other, which made me decide to kick the ball to the center.”
“After every training session, I used to compete with our goalkeeper Hruska from the spot. This goalie was very good, which meant that I was always losing bets against him.”
“I lost all kinds of things when I wagered with him, money, chocolate bars, etc. The moment I started winning was when I decided to kick the ball like that, suddenly I started winning more and more often.”
“My problem was that I also started gaining weight after so many chocolate bars I won. If I had failed that penalty, maybe I would already have over 40 years of experience in the chocolate factory,” he added.
Antonin Panenka is one of those players who go through a very strange process, one in which something that he did during his career became a norm for every single footballer after him.
Having a signature penalty kick style in your name, is perhaps one of the greatest honors that any athlete can ever have and Panenka knows how lucky he is for that.
But we have to disagree on his pick for the best Panenka impersonator out there, although Sergio Ramos does it very well but there are other players who have done it better.
The biggest example that comes to mind is Francesco Totti, the Italian did it with his national team back in the 2000 European Championship and redefined the technique.
Antonin Panenka: "Me encanta cuando Sergio Ramos tira un penal a mi estilo. Diría que es mi mejor imitador, nadie los ha podido ejecutar mejor que él." pic.twitter.com/EE0vbgigFo
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