Master of Control

In sports, as in business, good control demands a great deal of dedicated practice. Consistency requires expert mastery.

Today, over lunch I was talking to a Milanese friend about business, sports and the upcoming game between Milan and Barcelona.

When talking about Barcelona, one cannot help pointing to Ronalndinho, the master of control.

Just a few days ago, my daughter Yasmine asked me to watch this piece of video where Ronaldinho practices his skills in a rather dramatic show. He controls the ball at the 18 meter (yards) and bounces the ball back and forth to himself off the horizontal bar several times in a row. This is no simple feat.

Although the video is part of a Nike ad campaign for the World Cup, the act looks quite real. Watch and judge for yourself! (Ronaldinho is currently number 10 at Barça.)

By the way, a couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to see a Barcelona - Madrid game and run into Zinedine Zidane. Barcelona won that game.

While watching the game on TV would demonstrate the skill level of players as individuals, watching this particular game at the stadium made Ronaldinho's contributions as a team leader quite clear to me. Not only is he a superb player, he is also a great and energetic team leader.

[Addendum: My younger daughter, Negin, notes that she did help her sister Yasmine to show me this other video showing a child Ronaldinho playing in-door soccer.]

Comments:

Hallo Max! I just want to thank you for all your good wishes for me and my family, through the hard period we have had. Everything is going better now, I got my hair back and we look forward to the spring. Best regards, Betty

Posted by Betty Johnsen on April 24, 2006 at 04:57 PM PDT #

Betty - Thanks for your kind note. I'm truly happy to hear you're all doing well and looking forward to what promises to be a wonderful spring! And, it is great to see you've been blogging. I only wish my Norwegian was better;-)

Posted by M. Mortazavi on April 25, 2006 at 03:21 AM PDT #

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