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RAQUEL BENETTI | ART OF THE FREESTYLE
Art of the Freestyle Raquel Benetti
There is an old saying that says “hard work beats talent when talents doesn’t work hard”. In the case of Raquel Benetti her work ethic perfectly complements her incredible talent. Raquel is known to the social media world as “Raquel Freestyle”, she has become a viral sensation with her incredible freestyle skills with the soccer ball. She always finds a way to add to the degree of difficulty by wearing heels and even rollerblades. Her videos have captured the attention of millions of fans worldwide. In addition to having world class soccer skills she is an established model and ambassador for brands all over the globe. This Brazilian Beauty is the full package with the world at her fingertips!
BRAZIL IS THE MECCA OF SOCCER. DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO PLAY SOCCER WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP?
Yes since I was 8 years old I played soccer
BRAZIL HAS SO MANY GREAT PLAYERS IN ITS RICH HISTORY. WHO WERE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLAYERS AS A CHILD? My favorite players were Ronaldinho gaucho and Ronaldo when I was a child
DID ANY OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS PLAY SOCCER? No just me
DID YOU PLAY ANY OTHER SPORTS GROWING UP? No. I always loved soccer and didn’t want to play another sport.
DID YOU PLAY IN COLLEGE OR FOR YOUR NATIONAL TEAM? I played at school, in College and in famous soccer teams in Brazil.
WAS SOCCER BIG IN YOUR FAMILY GROWING UP? No, my mother always tells that I started my passion for ball when I was 3 years old I already loved balls and I didn’t want to play with dolls WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU HAD SUCH A GIFT FOR JUGGLING THE SOCCER BALL? When I was
8 years old my father challenged me: Raquel if you do 100 ball control without drop I give you
5 dollars, so I started training and I learned because of money (Laughs)
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