Meaning of rabona in English:


Pronunciation /rəˈbəʊnə/


  • An action in which a player strikes the ball with their kicking leg crossed behind the other leg, typically so as to be able to play the ball instantly with their stronger foot or to deceive an opposing player.

    ‘this game will forever be remembered for Lamela's stupendous rabona’
    • ‘he worked his way through two defenders and executed a rabona cross into the box’


Argentinian Spanish, from hacerse la rabona or hacer la rabona ‘play truant’; the football term is popularly explained as deriving from a punning caption, el infante que se hizo la rabona ‘the child who plays truant’, as used in a 1948 edition of the Argentinian football magazine El Gráfico to accompany a cartoon depicting the player Ricardo Infante, who had performed this action in a recent match.