The rabona is one of the most skillful moves in soccer—and one of the least practical. Photographs do not do the move justice, because a player must contort his body into strange, clumsy positions in order to sweep the kicking foot behind the planting leg. Yet when you see an elegant rabona, you remember it forever.
As a kid, I was first told that Diego Maradona had invented the move, but apparently it was used by players such as Pelé and was first documented in the 1940s. Maradona’s rabona (and I’ve never seen it) must have looked something like this gem from Swede Nicklas Barkroth for Sporting Braga. via @amadeus_ebay