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Bale Has No Clue Where His Free Kicks Go, April 30th, 2013 12:54PM

TAGS:  england


As he was accepting his Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year trophies for this season, Tottenham winger Gareth Bale opened up about his free-kick technique, admitting that he doesn’t know how so many of his free kicks end up flying into the back of the net.

"It's hard to explain what I do,” Bale told reporters. “You use everything -- the valve on the ball, pressing it down into the floor, everything. Then you just keep practicing the technique and I've been practicing it for a while now. I think the first one to do it was [New York Red Bulls midfielder] Juninho [Pernambucano] at Lyon. Obviously [Real Madrid forward Cristiano] Ronaldo then took it to the next level. It's something that works but do I know what the ball is going to do? No - I haven't a clue!"

He added, "You can hit it right and then it goes left. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it looks stupid, but it's obviously a great weapon to have. It's one of those things that can be the best thing in the world or the worst. Hopefully I can score a few more goals from it."

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