Interview: Tyler Swift, Soccer AM Football Freestyler

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When did you first realise you could perform magic with a football?

It’s all I’ve ever known. It’s just me, and the ball…there’s a connection, you know.

Many say people are born with raw talent. You either have it or don’t. Do you think it’s possible for an ordinary person to ever learn what you can do?

I’m one of the lucky ones, it just comes naturally to me. But to all those kids out there, keep on practising those skills, you can never practice too much.

Is it hard to keep your feet on the ground following your rise to stardom?

My feet are always off the ground, because I am always freestyling!

How many hours a day do you hit the streets to hone your phenomenal freestyle skills?

It would be easier to tell you the amount of hours I’m NOT freestyling!

Have you got any original signature tricks that you invented yourself?

The side-ways right-angled hip side-footer pump – is my fave.

Does your exceptional coordination help you in other areas of your life?

I can talk and listen and at the same time if that’s what you mean.

If you could have a freestyle battle against any footballer in the world, past or present, who would be your dream face off?

Oooooh, good question. Would go for someone like Jose Dominguez who used to play for Spurs, he was a crafty fella.

I hear Hollywood are in early talks on making a film about your life. Which Hollywood actor do you think would be able to raise his game enough to play the role of Tyler Swift?

I’d say Ron Howard, but from when he was in Happy Days days – is that possible?

On social media, do you ever get mistaken for the vastly less talented Taylor Swift? And do you have any message for Taylor?

I think you are being a bit harsh there, she is an extremely talented young lady…but when people do get us confused, I just shake it off

Being a top level athlete, have you got any tips for aspiring youngsters who wish to follow in your footsteps?

Just let it go and be free with your freestyling…you never know what might happen.

Finally, do you choose the freestyle life, or does the freestyle life choose you?

I chose to choose it when it chose to choose me

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