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Roberto RivelinoElastico Fantastico


The legendary and iconic Roberto Rivelino, born 1946 in Sao Paolo, featured in three World Cups for Brazil, including their third and most celebrated success in Mexico in 1970. Lining up alongside the likes of Pele, Carlos Alberto, Gérson, Tostao and Jairzinho, he played a key role in what is widely acknowledged as being the greatest football squad of all time. 

Lauded for his grace and style, Rivelino's dazzling array of moves, thunderous shooting and free-kicks, effortless distribution, quick-thinking and distinct control, secured his status not only as one of the best midfielders of his generation, but in the history of Brazillian football. He is credited with the invention of the 'elastico' (‘flip-flap’), an amazing move in which he faked going right while keeping control of the ball and then spinning it to his left . From Romario to Ronaldo, to Ronaldinho and presently Neymar, his signature move has been handed down generations of Brazilian stars who have since endeavoured to master and incorporate it into their repertoire.

‘When I was a kid I used to watch Brazil play,” “I wasn’t bothered about what Pele was doing, though. I used to watch out for Rivelino, on the other side of the pitch. He was everything I wanted to be as a player. His dribbling was flawless, his passes perfect and his shots unstoppable. And he did everything with his left foot. It didn’t matter if his right foot was only good to stand on, because there was nothing he couldn’t do with his left. To me it was beautiful.’
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