Football is constantly evolving and footballers, as true athletes, must grow with the progress of a game that constantly evolves. Increasing speed, changing the rules, the new competition that appears suddenly, a growth on the investment (marketing, advertising and team investment), the physical characteristics of the players are being modified and even the routes they make in the field. Keep reading for what should be key skills for footballers in the future.

Athletic Skills

Elite football requires players at their best physical condition. A good rest to recover energy, a balanced diet and training, are the basic points for a football player to exploit their talent to the fullest. Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are the paradigms of this point. When starting from a natural talent, the athlete reaches his maximum expression thanks to this use of his physical skills (speed, muscle mass and resistance).

Talent

This innate condition is exclusive to great players, but it could be cultivated. Talented players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Arjen Robben and Eden Hazard are stars because they were born with talent, but if a player has an average level, he can and should work to improve his game based on his mentality and training. There are lots of cases of not-so-talented players becoming stars: Matic, Fabio Coentrao, Diego Milito, Maicon, and many others proved that because of their hard work, conviction and mentality, ended up being world-famous players.

Powerful Mentality

The head commands the body. If the player masters his mind, he can overcome any adversity. A talented footballer that plays to be the best, probably does not need to train more than the others because of its tremendous innate quality. However, players that actually keep practicing as if they were just starting out, are at an advantage. If a player is good, believes it, and works to be the best, success is guaranteed.

Professionalism

Eating well, training and resting are like the Holy Trinity for any player. The great stars of the world remain at the highest level for so many years thanks to their behavior outside the field. They improve their physical condition and that’s why they make it. For example, star players like Cristiano, Messi or Bale do not consume alcohol so they can play almost 70 games per season. Football has stopped being just a sport and now it’s a very well paid job. To be the best is mandatory to behave as such.

Versatility

The evolution of the game forces a player to play in several positions. The great modern teams handle systems where the technician can change the way of playing without the need to replace a player. If the players assume to perform well in several positions, they will be more required and their exposure will be greater. Arturo Vidal is a great example of this. He started his career as a stopper, but in the end, he can play in any position.

Taking out of this list the case of two gifted players: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, players with innate conditions and almost impossible to match; there are three players that are the models of the future: Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba. The fusion of the three will shape the futuristic athlete of this game.