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From Futsal to Football Superstars

Cristiano Ronaldo
“During my childhood in Portugal all we played was Futsal. The small playing area helped me improve my close control, and whenever I played Futsal I felt free. If it wasn’t for futsal, I wouldn’t be the player I am today.”

Lionel Messi
“As a little boy in Argentina, I played futsal on the streets and for my club. It was tremendous fun and it really helped me become who I am today”

Pele
“Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing… also for dribbling, balance, concentration… Futsal was very, very important. Futsal requires you to think and play fast. It makes everything easier when you later switch to football.”

Andres Iniesta
“The two sports have a lot in common. There are different tactics and moves, but there is the same essence of mastering the ball, combining and making quick decisions.”

Xavi
“In Futsal, you see whether a player is really talented. In normal football you don’t necessarily identify talent as easily because it’s so much more physical. But with Futsal, you notice the small details in quality, class and tactical understanding” 

Neymar Jnr
“Futsal helps a lot because you need to think quickly. It’s a more dynamic game and today in Europe there’s not much space so you need to think quicker and Futsal has helped me a lot with that. Futsal is one of my passions. I always loved to play.”