UltimateXI Profile: Roberto Rivellino

By April 30, 2020
Roberto Rivellino Roberto Rivellino

Roberto Rivellino is most noted for being one of the attacking midfielders in arguably the greatest football team of all time – Brazil’s World-Cup-winning 1970 outfit. Rivellino was agreed to be one of the most graceful footballers to ever live and is credited with some of the moves employed by many of the stars of yesteryear, like Ronaldinho, Romario, and Cristiano Ronaldo. But Rivellino was also dangerous when the ball wasn’t moving as well with a very educated left foot. He bent free-kicks in ways that created wonder, and was a brilliant passer over distance as well. "Rivelino was everything I wanted to be as a football player,” ran a quote from Diego Maradona, a man who was arguably the greatest footballer to ever live. A good grade from a player of that calibre says enough. Rivellino would go on to play in two other World Cups but believed his greatest achievement came in 1970.

Playing Career

Name: Roberto Rivellino
Date of birth: 1 January 1946
Birthplace: São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Playing Position: attacking midfield


International career

  • Brazil: 1965-1978 (92 caps, 26 goals)



  • 1970 FIFA World Cup



  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team player: 1970
  • Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team: 1971
  • CONMEBOL All-Star Team: 1973[21]
  • Bronze ball South American Footballer of the Year: 1973,[22] 1976[23]
  • Silver ball South American Footballer of the Year: 1977[24]
  • FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers: 2004
  • Premio Golden Foot Award (Football Legend Award): 2005[25]
  • The Best of The Best – Player of the Century: Top 50[26]
  • World Soccer: 38th Greatest Player of the 20th Century
  • IFFHS Brazilian Player of the 20th Century (12th place)[27]
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

Club Career

           Years           Teams          Apps (Gls)

  • 1965-1974 Corinthians          236   (70)
  • 1975-1978 Fluminese             45   (10)
  • 1978-1981 Al-Hilal                 57    (23)
  • Total                                 338 (103)


Club Honours

  • Corinthians - Torneio Rio – São Paulo: 1966
  • Fluminense - Campeonato Carioca: 1975, 1976
  • Al Hilal - Kings Cup (Saudi Arabia): 1980
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