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- When you’re considered to be the fourth greatest player in Brazilian history after Pele, Zico, and Garrincha, that’s about as great an accomplishment as there is. Rivelino was lauded for his grace on the pitch, as well as his dazzling array of moves, which included his patented “Elastico,” in which he faked going right while keeping control of the ball and then spinning it to his left. This move has become a staple in modern football, popularized by the likes of Ronaldinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo (the Phenomenon), and others.
Rivelino, who perfected his tricks by playing futsal in Sao Paulo, was more than just a playground player. He had excellent passing skills, a sharp mind, excellent dribbling skills, and a thunderous left footed shot. He was also a tremendous free-kick taker, famous for his “banana-bending” kicks. He scored a famous goal against the Czechs during the 1970 World Cup that was nicknamed “The Atomic Kick.” He was an important part of the aforementioned 1970 World Cup squad, which is widely regarded as one of the greatest teams of all time. He played in two subsequent World Cups and ended his international career with 92 appearances and 26 goals.
He was also a quick thinker, and one example of this was when he saw the opposing teams goalkeeper finishing up his pre-match prayer right as the whistle blew to begin the game. Rivelino took the kickoff and booted a long-range shot that beat the startled goalkeeper for what is considered to be the fastest goal in football history.
Well, you don’t become one of the greatest Brazilians of all time by being stupid. Actually, that’s not entirely true in Garrincha's case. Still, Rivelino carved out an excellent reputation for himself, despite playing in the shadows of Pele and Zico.Brasil 1970, perfect team, during the training Rivelino and Tostão were having a break and there was only one guy who could reprimend them, and that guy was obviously Pelé. Pelé did reprimend them.
Rivelino just said: "Hey Pelé, you would have loved to be a leftie, wouldn't you? Chill out."
Carioca State Championship: 1975, 1976
92 Caps 26 Goals
World Cup 1970
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