To find the planet's best overall freestyle
footballer, you need the expertise of football legends. The judges who will
crown the official World Champion of freestyle football at the Red Bull Street
Style World Final on November 15 are an elite mix of stars from both team
football and freestyle football. In alphabetical order, they are:
Luís “Nani” Almeida / Portugal
One of the most decorated football players of his era, Nani captured four Premier League titles and a Champions League crown with Manchester United, where he is now a scoring standout for Orlando City of the MLS.
Pável Pardo / Mexico
As one of the
first Mexican players in the Bundesliga, midfielder Pável Pardo was key to VfB
Stuttgart’s UEFA Champions League campaign, hoisted the Bundesliga
Meisterschale trophy, and helped to pave the way for countrymen who followed. He
also won top tournaments playing for Club América, remains the second-most
capped player in Mexico national team history, and made his mark on Major
League Soccer, playing for the Chicago Fire. Pardo currently lives in the
2019 World Final host city of Miami.
Daniel “Daniel Got Hits” Dennehy / USA
A California native who grew up in countries including the USA, Brazil and Ireland, Daniel Dennehy has absorbed freestyle culture from around the globe to create his own signature style. He won multiple Irish Freestyle Championships before capturing second place at the 2012 Red Bull Street Style World Finals in Lecce, Italy, and his work as a music producer is evident in the musicality of his performances.
Andrew “Hendo” Henderson / UK
With a supremely athletic style
and an intense work ethic, the UK’s Andrew Henderson has earned earned eight
consecutive UK freestyle football championships, five world freestyle titles,
and the 2014 Red Bull Street Style World Final crown at Salvador de Bahía,
Brazil. After coming back from a horrific leg break in his youth to thrive in
the world of freestyle, Hendo is a passionate advocate for the sport. He has
also earned two Guinness World Records and performed at the Olympics and the
Carlos “Charly” Iacono / Argentina
Charly Iacono is a hero in his homeland of Argentina, where he pioneered freestyle football, and throughout the sport’s global community. A unique and acrobatic style has put the Buenos Aires resident consistently on high-level podiums, including five Argentinean, three Latin American and two World titles. Charly’s performance in claiming the title of Red Bull Street Style World Champion at London’s Roundhouse in 2016 cemented his name as one of the all-time greats.
Daniel “Mikolaj” Mikolajek / Poland
Daniel Mikolajek is one of the key talents who have helped to build Poland’s outstanding reputation in freestyle football. Mikolaj broke into the awareness of Red Bull Street Style followers globally when he won the event’s Polish championship in 2012 and went on to capture fourth place at the World Final in Lecce, Italy. Since then he has claimed numerous titles on home soil and has earned a complete set of gold, silver and bronze medals in the European Freestyle Football Championship.