Lionel Messi, Neymar, Ronaldinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi and Zinedine Zidane are among the many whose boyhood involvement with futsal helped nurture the devastating skills with which they terrorised opponents on grass fields.

And since his retirement in 2006, Zizou has been able to play the 5-a-side sport freely. The above picture shows him playing in a futsal game in 2013, representing France’s FIFA World Cup™-winning team against Nantes.

Futsal too has a World Cup. Colombia will host its eighth edition this time next year, and FIFA has just launched its Futsal World Cup Facebook page. Be sure to like it to keep up to date with the riveting world of futsal.