Football, or soccer as it is known in some parts of the world, is a game that requires a wide array of skills. One of the most celebrated and crowd-pleasing of these is the ability to leap high into the air. Whether it’s a goalkeeper reaching for a top-corner shot or a striker heading a cross into the back of the net, the sight of a player soaring above his peers is one of the sport’s most enduring images. So, who holds the record for the highest jump in football history? Let’s find out.
Cristiano Ronaldo: The Man Who Defied Gravity
When discussing the highest jump in football, one name stands out: Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar, renowned for his goal-scoring prowess and athletic ability, boasts a vertical leap that would even make professional basketball players envious.
In a 2011 study, researchers discovered that Ronaldo could reach a height of 44 cm from a standing start and 78 cm when he has a run-up – more than an NBA player’s average of 71 cm. His most famous display of this leaping ability was during a match in the UEFA Champions League against Manchester United, playing for Real Madrid in 2013. Ronaldo soared to a height of 2.93 meters (9.6 feet), almost 76 cm off the ground, to meet a cross and head the ball into the net. This jump was higher than the average NBA player can reach.
Other Notable High Jumpers in Football
While Ronaldo’s leap is the most well-known, other footballers are renowned for their jumping ability:
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The Swedish striker, famed for his acrobatic scoring exploits, has shown a remarkable ability to leap high into the air.
- Gareth Bale: The Welsh star, a former teammate of Ronaldo’s at Real Madrid, is another player known for his heading ability, which he attributes to his jumping prowess.
- Sergio Ramos: The Spanish defender, also a former teammate of Ronaldo at Real Madrid, is famous for his timely headers, many of which can be attributed to his leaping ability.