Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts.
The first part is called “The Pledge”.
The magician shows you something ordinary, something you would expect anyone to do quite easily. He starts the run at a minimal pace, straight at you. You are backing off gently or just covering your territory because it doesn’t make any sense to move around the place. There is nothing alarming about the situation, you have been in plenty of such benign one on ones with other attackers before. He is getting closer to you, into your territory, where you feel comfortable and want him to be. Things are exactly how you want them to be. It’s almost as if he’s inviting you to inspect the ball; to win it off him. But of course, that probably is not his intention.
The second act is called “The Turn“.
The magician takes the ordinary run and makes it somewhat extraordinary because he is different from others. Shifting his body weight on to his left side, he takes a couple of strides away from you. Now you’re looking for the reason… but you won’t find it because of course you’re not really thinking. In fact, you are confident that you can track him and win the ball with your stronger right foot. You know that he is going to bamboozle you. But you wouldn’t clap yet. You are waiting for him to falter, take a touch too heavy. And then you decide it’s time to intercept and stretch your right leg forward into the path of the magician.
That’s where he pulls off the third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige“.
Your right foot is on his path, where you want it to be. But he is more ingenious than you thought. And quicker than you can imagine. With a simple flick, he has kept the ball in that minuscule pocket of space between your rooted right foot and the next defender at whom he has already set his eyes on. And then he jumps and glides over your challenge, that low center of gravity helping him in regaining his composure and the ball. Once the situation is completely under control, he proceeds on to the next guy and then the next, and so on. All you can see is the back side of his number 10 jersey with the name written on it – “MESSI.” That name is enough for world players and the world. The name that has written football history in a beautiful way.