You can't talk about greatness in boxing or sport without discussing Muhammed Ali. To most fans, he is the pinnacle of the pugilistic arts. The way he fought had never been seen before in the heavyweight division with his fast hands and light feet seeing him likened him to the lightweight phenomena that was Sugar Ray Robinson. In his early days especially, Ali just oozed class, and an air of invincibility quickly built around him. He picked apart the beast that was Sonny Liston to become heavyweight champion of the world, and would tell anybody and everybody that he was the greatest of all time. It's a boast that most boxing fans in the world will agree with.
Although the human body continues to surpass our expectations of what is possible, there is surely going to come a time when we reach our physical limits. Even if we take a multitude of performance enhancing drugs, there is still only so much power that our muscles can produce, so much oxygen that our cells can hold, and so much blood that our hearts can pump to our extremities.
So you want to become the best soccer player you can possibly be? Well, let me tell you something. There is nothing more frustrating as a coach than when we hear kids say, "Yeah, yeah I want to be a pro soccer player, how can I improve?" only for us to see little or no improvement in the areas we talk about over the year. Yes, as coaches it’s up to us to design sessions that facilitate learning, to stimulate and to help you improve. But as a player with a real desire to be the best you can be, it’s up to you to take our advice, expand on it, work on it and surpass our expectations. One of the biggest examples of this is working on the use of your weaker foot. Coaches all over the world must be sick of telling their players that being able to use both feet will instantly make them stand out. But progress in this area is often slow or non-existent, which tells us as coaches that you simply don’t practice.