How to Do a Step Over

Made famous by Rivellino, this move will freeze your defender


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So you want to look cool and burst away from a defender at the same time?

Back in the day, the kids called a step over the Rivellino, named for the Brazilian who made it famous in the ‘70s. And it remains a timeless maneuver.

Here’s how to do it: Approach the ball, making it look like you’re going to pass with the inside of your foot. Instead of making contact, your foot moves around the ball. Then, use the outside of that same foot to take the ball in the opposite direction.

Think of it as your escape move — a mix of a fake and a quick dribble. As the Brazilians say, jogo bonito, which means the beautiful game.

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