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.
‘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.’