A common, if slightly cringeworthy, observation of pundits in this country is that, if you could marry British will with continental skill, you would have the perfect footballer.
Such a mixed recipe was thrillingly in evidence in Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona. Since then, however, perhaps only Rivaldo has fused the two qualities.
Yet when we discuss soccer’s AM (After Maradona) greats, Zinedine Zidane invariably comes out on top, with Rivaldo well back among the pack.
While it would be dubious to argue that Rivaldo was a better technician than Zidane, it is arguable that, if you took everyone playing at the absolute peak of their game, Rivaldo was the best and most unstoppable footballer since Maradona.
He was bow-legged, and he was a genius. Enjoy 511 seconds of Rivaldobongo.