The legendary Leônidas

The legendary

Pelé is probably the best football player of all time. The best footballers are always featured at, where punters can make all their wagers on them.


One of the consequences of his importance is that the pre-Pelé era of Brazilian football is discussed very little when talking about the history of the sport in this country. It turns out that before Pelé, there were also some incredible footballers. Obviously, at 1xBet punters will also be able to wager on matches being played in this South American country.


One of the best Brazilian footballers of this pre-Pelé era was Leônidas. He was a center forward who had a brilliant career between 1930 and 1950. He spent his entire time as a professional footballer in Brazil, except for a very short spell in 1933 in Uruguayan team Peñarol.

Inventing an impressive type of kick

Many Brazilian teams enjoyed Leônidas' talent and goals. Punters can always place live bets - has plenty of live matches from Brazilian football. Some of the squads from this nation where he played were:


  • Bonsucesso;
  • Vasco da Gama;
  • Botafogo;
  • Flamengo;
  • and São Paulo.


In 1932, while playing a match for Bonsucesso, Leônidas did something that probably changed football forever. In a match against Carioca, he attempted to make a bicycle kick, also known as chilena kick. You can place live bets at 1xBet on players that are likely to score spectacular goals by using this kick.


While he didn’t score a goal, the acrobatic movement he made gained a lot of attention. In fact, he used it on a number of other occasions, scoring many goals with it. It is still unclear whether Leônidas was the first professional player to use the bicycle kick, but certainly he was a player that made it famous.

Playing on the Brazilian national team

Leônidas was also part of the Brazilian national team between the years 1932 and 1946. During that period he played a total of 19 matches and scored 21 goals. Visit now to make wagers in virtual sports and also on football matches, where the Brazilian national side is also featured.

The 1938 FIFA World Cup was probably the best moment in Leônidas’ international career. Brazil ended that competition in third place, however, the player was still the top scorer of the entire championship. All editions of the FIFA World Cup are featured at 1xBet, where punters can make highly profitable wagers.

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