From keepy-uppies to the Nations League – meet YouTube star Rasmus Johansson

On Sunday Rasmus Johansson posted a video on Instagram of him doing an overhead kick crossbar challenge.

Just three days later he played for Denmark in their friendly defeat to Slovakia.

It was a rapid rise for the internet freestyle football star and talented futsal player, but not one that would have occurred in normal circumstances.

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But the chaos which has surrounded the Denmark national team over the last week is anything but normal. A contract dispute has led to a host of lower league and futsal players being selected instead of those that ply their trade in the top European leagues.

And Johansson was one of those to benefit.

There is more to the 23-year-old than just trick shots and stunts, though, as he does play 11-a-side football, featuring for Hellerup IK in the Danish third tier as a midfielder.

He scored in the club’s 3-3 draw with Slagelse B & I on Saturday and is a key player.

But it is not his exploits for Hellerup that have earned him 22,000 Instagram followers and 15,000 YouTube subscribers.

Whether it is balancing the ball on his head while climbing up a ladder, or showing pinpoint accuracy to hit a target Johansson has gained fame for entertaining football fans on social media.

And as a result it made him one of the most recognisable names on Denmark’s team sheet, which included a prison officer, student and boat mechanic.

Former Arsenal midfielder John Jensen, who was thrust into temporary charge for the game admitted he had to ask the players what position they played during the flight to Slovakia.

Johansson started and lasted 84 minutes in Trnava before being replaced by Christian Bommelund Christensen – another futsal player.

But the Dane now has a full international cap to add to the 20-plus he has won for his country’s futsal team.

There many not be too many more to come in the future, but his foray into professional football at the highest level might just earn him more followers on social media.

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