Roberto Rivelino

Report
69359
96
Vote World Rank
10
Vote Brazil Rank
2

Country: Brazil

About Roberto Rivelino
Roberto Rivellino (born 1 January 1946 in São Paulo) is a former Brazilian football player. The son of Italian immigrants from Macchiagodena (Isernia), he was famous for his extremely potent left-foot shot, thunderous long-range free kicks, excellent long passes, quick thinking, distinct way of handling the ball and large moustache. He also invented a football move called the "Elastico", also known as "flip flap", famously copied by Ronaldinho, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Marcus Darnemo and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years. He is widely regarded as one of the most graceful footballers ever, and is sometimes ranked as the 4th best ever Brazilian, after Pelé, Zico and Garrincha, as well as one of the best midfielders the world has ever seen. He is, for many football experts, the greatest player in the history of Corinthians and Fluminense.Rivellino started as a futsal player at Clube Atletico Indiano, São Paulo. After that, he tried his luck with Indiano's biggest rival in futsal, Corinthians, where he moved on to professional football and quickly became a favourite of the fans -- and was therefore nicknamed "O Rei de Parque" (King of the Park) (after the club's home ground, Parque São Jorge). However, the late 60s and early 70s were one of the most troubled periods in the history of the club, which did not win a single São Paulo state league title from 1954 to 1977. In 1974, after Corinthians was defeated by arch-rivals Palmeiras in the São Paulo league finals, Rivellino was singled out by most fans as one of the main responsible. He moved on to Rio de Janeiro, where he defended Fluminense until the end of the 70s. Rivellino was undoubtedly the greatest star in the excellent Fluminense of the mid 70s, dubbed "the tricolor machine", among Doval, Pintinho, Gil and Carlos Alberto Torres. He won the Rio de Janeiro league championship in 1975 and 1976. By the end of the decade, he moved on to play for Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia; he retired from professional football in 1981. Rivellino is one of the players who had more than 100 caps for the Brazilian national team. He was a starter in most games in the successful Brazilian campaign in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, scoring 3 goals, including the powerful free-kick against Czechoslovakia, which earned him the nickname "Patada Atómica" (Atomic Kick) by Mexican fans. Rivellino also played in the 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cups, though with less success (4th and 3rd places respectively). After his professional retirement, Rivellino started a career as a football commentator and coach (he has managed Shimizu S-Pulse in J. League). Rivellino further represented Brazil in the 1989 edition of the World Cup of Masters, scoring in the final against Uruguay. Rivellino was one of the players named by Pelé in 2004 as the 125 Greatest Living Footballers. Rivellino is unofficially credited with scoring the fastest goal in football history when he supposedly scored a goal direct from the kick-off after noticing the opposition goalkeeper on his knees finishing off pre-match prayers.

Best Supporters

How can you earn points?
1 Vote 1 Point [You must be logged in]
1 Referrer* 10 Points
*Call your friends to become a fan of Roberto Rivelino with your referrer link and earn 10 points

p: 1378

p: 1271

p: 410

p: 267

p: 93

p: 52

p: 38

p: 36

p: 20

p: 17

Roberto Rivelino Most Popular Quotes

Add Quote

Brazil Football Players Ranking

Show All
Rank Name Total
1. Sócrates 74493
2. Roberto Rivelino 69359
3. Romário 54805
4. Careca 31168
5. Pele 18742
6. Ademir da Guia 17138
7. Ronaldinho Gaucho 15816
8. Garrincha 15721
9. Ronaldo 7552
10. Arthur Zico 6051

Football Players Ranking

Show All
Rank Name Total
6. Eduard Streltsov 89700
7. Sócrates 74493
8. Hassouna Al-Sheikh 73224
9. Deco 71763
10. Roberto Rivelino 69359
11. Alexander Kokorin 65836
12. Romário 54805
13. Mohammad Abutreka 54671
14. Andriy Shevchenko 41974

Roberto Rivelino Photos

Today Overall Show All

Roberto Rivelino Videos

Today Overall Show All

Best Countries

Today Overall
# Name Today Total
1 Turkey 2338 7506795
2 Brazil 459 4579377
3 Romania 405 430948
4 Portugal 374 243959
5 Russia 265 1267682
6 India 238 3618602
7 South Korea 236 1634954
8 Poland 158 385740
9 Iran 134 4130308
10 United States of America 124 1399684
11 Syria 57 1376228
12 Macedonia 55 940966
13 United Kingdom 53 874001
14 Spain 32 81625
15 Ukraine 30 220520
16 Israel 28 61390
17 Serbia 24 199817
18 Lebanon 23 539283
19 Germany 22 66033
20 Palestine 17 147876
21 Jordan 16 512683
22 Saudi Arabia 16 762175
23 France 12 81868
24 Afghanistan 8 5590419
25 Iraq 5 849661
26 Norway 5 13922
27 Sweden 5 21905
28 Tajikistan 4 17356
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 358427
30 Belgium 4 8182
31 Bulgaria 3 320239
32 Pakistan 3 274003
33 Moldova 2 10978
34 Italy 1 62024
35 Sri Lanka 1 7633
36 Sudan 0 147
37 Suriname 0 0
38 Swaziland 0 0
39 Switzerland 0 603115
40 Turkmenistan 0 4
41 Uganda 0 1
42 Thailand 0 1139
43 Tanzania 0 2
44 Togo 0 0
45 Tonga 0 0
46 Trinidad and Tobago 0 35
47 Tunisia 0 40330
48 Oman 0 4
49 Senegal 0 0
50 Puerto Rico 0 1384
51 Qatar 0 0
52 Seychelles 0 0
53 Sierra Leone 0 0
54 Singapore 0 1
55 Slovakia 0 11880
56 Slovenia 0 57
57 Solomon Islands 0 0
58 Somalia 0 32
59 Somaliland 0 0
60 South Africa 0 267
61 United Arab Emirates 0 16055
62 Uruguay 0 505
63 Uzbekistan 0 1
64 Vanuatu 0 0
65 Venezuela 0 740
66 Vietnam 0 0
67 Western Sahara 0 0
68 Yemen 0 112
69 Zambia 0 3
70 Zimbabwe 0 0
71 Colombia 0 12200
72 Jamaica 0 8060
73 Japan 0 8819
74 Kazakhstan 0 228
75 Kenya 0 4
76 Kiribati 0 0
77 North Korea 0 0
78 Ireland 0 2249
79 Indonesia 0 43748
80 Gabon 0 0
81 The Gambia 0 0
82 Georgia 0 91
83 Lesotho 0 0
84 Liberia 0 3
85 Libya 0 143
86 Liechtenstein 0 0
87 Lithuania 0 35
88 Luxembourg 0 0
89 Macau 0 0
90 Madagascar 0 0
91 Malawi 0 0
92 Malaysia 0 11330
93 Maldives 0 3
94 Mali 0 0
95 Malta 0 311
96 Mauritania 0 0
97 Mauritius 0 0
98 Mexico 0 37798
99 Monaco 0 31
100 Mongolia 0 2