Is there another move in soccer that demonstrates one's confidence and skill on the ball while simultaneously embarrassing the opponent to such great lengths, as the sombrero?
Sure, there's the nutmeg, but the sombrero requires more skill and timing and perhaps even some arrogance. The sombrero of course is a move done in the air while the nutmeg is done when the ball is on the ground.
The ability to juggle the ball in the air, during a game, and then beat your opponent by flicking the ball up and over their head, and then getting the ball back again, it's the epitome of skill and audacity.
Watch Robinho, in his first game for Real Madrid, the first time he steps on the field in a Real Madrid shirit, with his first touch he controls the ball with his chest and then his second touch of the ball is a flick up and over the defender. This is confidence and skill of the highest order. It's what the fan comes to see and pays money for. It is genius.
It should come as no surprise that two of the masters of the sombrero are Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi, the two great Barcelona maestros, teacher and student in many ways. And then there's the up and coming star, Neymar, who can flick the ball up and over the defender from the ground. These are artists at work, take a look. This is the art of the sombrero.
Ronaldinho's Sombrero with His Heel
Perhaps the master of the sombrero move, is Ronaldinho. Who, when he played for Barcelona was an artist on the field.
Here he pulls off another sombrero, this time flicking the ball up and over a Real Madrid defender with ease.
After taking a long ball off his chest, Messi flicks the ball up and over the defender and is on the break.
Lionel Messi Sombrero Over Evra
Messi show his touch and ability on the ball by pulling off a sombrero against Manchester United's Partice Evra, in a Champions League match no less.
Nicolas Anelka Flick & Volley
While playing for France in a 2006 European Champions game, Anelka flicks the ball up and over the defenders' head and volleys the ball home.
Cafu's Four Sombreros in a Row
Cafu, the legendary Brazilian defender, while playing for Roma, almost pulls off not one, not two not three but four sombreros in a row before he's fouled.
Neymar, the young Brazilian who is destined to become a world wide star, flicks the ball up and over the defenders head with ease - a sombrero. Take a look.