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A deep dive into the history of the Ricardo Quaresma trivela™

Ricardo Quaresma does things with the outside of his foot that most footballers couldn't do on FIFA

Ricardo Quaresma has two right feet.

For once that’s not actually an insult. Who needs a left foot when you’ve got a trivela in your locker?

Quaresma submitted his contender for the goal of the World Cup with a strike that would have seen most players dislocate their ankle.

But it’s far from the first time Quaresma defied the laws of gravity to get around using his swinger.


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Look at the angle of that foot!

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Look at the angle of that foot!

Quaresma emerged as one of Europe’s most talented youngsters at Sporting CP before making the jump to Barcelona, where found opportunities hard to come by under Frank Rijkaard.

A certain Brazilian named Ronaldinho meant Rijkaard already possessed all the flair he needed in his Barcelona squad.

So it was at Quaresma’s third club, Porto, that we first got to see the goalscoring potential of the trivela.

In the 90th minute of a goalless game against minnows Beira-Mar Quaresma walked onto a pass on the right side of the box and bent the ball into the back of the net.

Simple as that.

The international market was proving harder to crack for Quaresma and his party trick.

He’d been a Portuguese international for five years but had yet to score heading into a 2007 clash with Belgium.

Sixty-eight minutes in that all changed.

He received a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo, executed a perfect chop to wrong foot the defender and feathered the ball past Stijn Stijnen.

It was a goal so unorthodox that most of Quaresma’s team-mates didn’t know what to do with themselves.

Portugal boss Humberto Coelho did the right thing and instantly subbed Quaresma off to avoid further embarrassment for the Belgians.

Quaresma isn’t selfish when executing the trivela.

He executed a pass that would have been the envy of the notoriously envious lawn bowling society to find Hugo Almeida when playing for Besiktas.

Then, during a friendly against Estonia in the build up to Euro 2016, he went aerial to find Cristiano Ronaldo.

There’s no known footage of Quaresma using his left foot during the entire history of football.

But there will forever be a ™ sign when discussing trivelas thanks to the outside of Quaresma’s right boot.

That’s the mark of a true maverick.