Luka Modric produced a stunning trivela assist
The ‘trivela’ is a common football technique in which the player attempts a pass, be it long or short range, with the outside of the foot.
If done to perfection, the trivela is a joy to behold. Over the years, we have seen top players exhibit this beautiful passing technique in games.
Three footballers who have mastered the art of the ‘trivela’
#1 Tomas Rosicky
Rosicky was a technically gifted playmaker
The Czech Republic legend is regarded as one of the greatest playmakers of all time. He spent his playing career with Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Sparta Prague.
Rosicky was an outstanding passer of the ball and had great vision to pick out a teammate from any part of the pitch, as well as to score sublime goals.
The former footballer was a technically gifted playmaker who was associated with passing techniques such as ‘grasscutter’ and ‘trivela’.
Rosicky was a side-foot specialist and had the ability to curl the ball with the outside of his foot with ease. He could also hit both long and short range trivela passes.
He won a few trophies with the three clubs he played for, including the FA Cup and the Bundesliga. He received notable individual awards such as the Czech Republic Footballer of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2006.
#2 Luka Modric
Modric is one of the best Midfielders in the world
Another side-foot pass specialist in world football is Croatian midfield maestro Luka Modric.
The Real Madrid star player is highly regarded as one of the greatest midfield players of all time, due to his enormous achievements.
Modric is an all-round midfielder who is technically gifted with the ball at his feet, and is a joy to watch on the pitch.
One aspect of his game that hasn’t changed over the years is his side-foot passing ability, as he is a specialist in the ‘trivela’.
Modric is known for picking out his teammates with the outside of his foot from any part of the pitch. He most recently gave a world class trivela assist for Rodrygo’s goal against Chelsea in the Champions League.
The 36 year old Croatian has had a trophy-laden career. He has numerous silverware to his name including three Croatian League titles, two La Liga titles, and four Champions League trophies amongst others.
Modric also has a long list of individual honors, with the most famous of them being the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award in 2018.
Quaresma is one of the most technically gifted wingers of all time
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Portuguese veteran Quaresma.
The 38-year-old winger is regarded as one of the most flamboyant and technically gifted players in the modern era.
The term ‘trivela’ itself is commonly associated with Quaresma, as he is a master of the art of kicking the ball with the outside of his foot.
He is widely known for using the outside-of-his-foot technique to pass, score stunning goals, and even take set pieces from different angles.
Quaresma’s long spanning football career has seen him play for some European heavyweights such as Barcelona, Inter Milan, FC Porto and Chelsea.
He also has 80 international caps for his country Portugal, and scored one of the goals of the tournament at the FIFA 2018 World Cup against Iran.