St Mirren striker Duckens Nazon has had a go at out-jumping one of the best headers in the game, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Haitian international, currently on loan from Belgian club St-Truiden, visited a massive wall graphic at Soar, intu Braehead, that pinpoints the height of the Juventus star’s record breaking header.
Ronaldo was 2.6m (8ft 7in) in the air when he headed the ball past Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy in the semi-final of Euro 2016, the tournament Portugal went on to win.
Although Duckens didn’t quite hit the heights of the ex-Real Madrid and Manchester United superstar, he gave it a good go.
“It really was some leap into the air,” he says.
“Ronaldo is a fantastic player both with the ball at his feet and jumping up to header it. And he’s got this great knack of timing his jump perfectly and hanging in the air waiting to head the ball.
“Obviously, as a striker I do a lot of heading practice from cross balls in training.
“Although I’ve got two goals for St Mirren since I came to the club, I haven’t yet scored with a header. But after all this jumping and heading the ball trying to beat Ronaldo’s record, maybe I’ll score a header very soon!”
The Ronaldo leap is one of the amazing feats shown on a series of wall graphics at Soar showing record-breaking jumps, the height of various animals, wingspans of birds and flying insects, the size of the largest human hand along with animals’ paws and feet.
The graphic has become popular with youngsters and adults alike as they measure themselves against the different sizes of people and animals.
intu Braehead’s David Lyon said: “Duckens might not have leapt as high as Ronaldo, but he wasn’t far off the mark when he visited Soar.
“Our wall graphics have really caught the imagination of the visitors to Soar and you’ll usually see a youngster comparing the size of their hand up against the largest human hand with a span of 32.3cm, or seeing if they can jump as high as a kangaroo at 1.82 metres.”