Low centre of gravity
In physics something will be less likely to fall over if its centre of gravity is closer to the ground. Sometimes in football we use this phrase to describe a player – not usually a tall one – who has really good balance and can turn very easily. If a player is described as having a low centre of gravity then the connotation is that he or she is a skillful player with a lot of strength that makes it difficult for him or her to be knocked off the ball.
- Example: Diego Maradona had a low centre of gravity – he had great balance and was extremely difficult to knock off the ball.
- Example: Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi are two modern-day Argentinian players with low centres of gravity.
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