Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was formally unveiled as a Barcelona participant this week after finishing his free switch from Arsenal, stepping on to the Camp Nou pitch for the primary time carrying the well-known Blaugrana jersey.
As is often the case with new arrivals at Camp Nou, the 32-year-old striker was tasked with showcasing his ball juggling abilities in entrance of the cameras — an audition he passed with flying colours.
Loads of gamers have been by means of related initiations on their first day at Spain’s greatest golf equipment, with some flourishing and a few floundering with the eyes of the world fastened upon them.
Determined to show their capabilities to a brand new set of expectant followers, it needs to be a easy sufficient job to maintain a soccer within the air for only a few minutes and, like Aubameyang, many handle simply fantastic.
Nevertheless, for each participant that comes by means of unscathed there’s a cautionary story of those that fluff their opening strains, whether or not by means of nerves or misplaced confidence.
Here’s a have a look at a few of the greatest and worst examples of gamers trying to wow each the Barcelona and Real Madrid crowds at their presentation ceremonies.
A fantastic instance that needs to be adopted extra typically, Coutinho kept things nice and simple throughout his unveiling at Barca in 2018 by rattling off a string of well-executed keep-ups with out succumbing to any unforced errors.
Having signed from Chelsea in an enormous switch that might value Madrid as much as €150m, Hazard delighted the Bernabeu at his presentation in 2019 with a seamless array of flicks and tricks earlier than belting a hail of golden footballs into the stands for followers to maintain as mementos of the day. Sadly, his injury-blighted enjoying profession on the membership has not lived as much as this opening.
With Brazilian soccer’s most exhilarating younger expertise arriving in a €57m switch in 2013, Barcelona followers weren’t bought brief when a 21-year-old Neymar launched himself by reeling though a plethora of freestyle flourishes with out lacking a beat.
With over 80,000 excited followers gathered to witness his arrival on the Bernabeu in 2009, Ronaldo lived as much as his famous person billing. The world-record signing confidently led the gang in a chant of membership motto “Hala Madrid!” earlier than demonstrating his quick reflexes and brilliant ball skills. The Portugal ahead did really momentarily bungle a keep-up routine at one level, however we’ll forgive him as a result of holding the ball within the air whereas carrying studs on a picket stage is not any imply feat.
Ever the showman, Ronaldinho’s energetic welcome at Camp Nou in 2003 was chock stuffed with aptitude because the Brazil nice spectacularly entertained his new fans by juggling the ball hither and thither, balancing it on varied components of his physique, and even kissing it.
Maybe all too conscious of the disproportionate stage of research that participant shows on the Bernabeu will be subjected to, Jovic went for the safety-first method at his unveiling in 2019. Nevertheless, if any of the Madrid followers who turned as much as see the €60m signing from Eintracht Frankfurt blinked on the unsuitable second then they might have missed his transient, uninspired effort. Generally it pays to be daring.
Issues have been going pretty effectively for Braithwaite as he went by means of the motions with some pretty fundamental drills out on the Camp Nou pitch in 2020. Nevertheless, as confidence started to construct the Denmark worldwide stepped issues up a notch — a decision he quickly came to regret as his talent repertoire ran dry in entrance of the watching world.
Danilo (Actual Madrid)
Danilo mustered a total of five keep-ups at his Actual Madrid introduction in 2015 earlier than issues went hopelessly awry for the Brazilian full-back. He additionally suffered the double indignity of getting his massive unveiling overshadowed by followers contained in the Bernabeu loudly chanting not for him, however for goalkeeper David de Gea who had not too long ago been linked with a switch to the membership.
At his presentation in 2020, Dest took the unconventional stance of beginning with the ball sandwiched between his knees, and spent the first 10 excruciating seconds in disarray whereas he singularly did not deliver it underneath his spell.
Signed immediately from rivals Atletico Madrid in the summertime of 2017, Hernandez was clearly underneath instantly scrutiny from the very first time he pulled on that well-known white jersey. After giving a giant thumbs-up to the cameras, the French left-back managed six increasingly wayward kicks earlier than having to tug the plug completely because the ball started to get away from him.