Rivas, 29, played for some of the game’s biggest clubs — from River Plate in Argentina to Inter Milan in Italy — before signing with Major League Soccer and the Montreal Impact. A player of Rivas’ stature never likes getting thrown to the ground, particularly by a rookie like Hoppenot.
In the 68th minute of Montreal’s 2-0 victory over Philadelphia, Hoppenot made the mistake of slinging Rivas over his shoulder while the two grappled for a 50-50 ball. The veteran defender didn’t take kindly to Hoppenot’s toss and didn’t hesitate to deliver his forehead to the young forward’s face.
Rivas’ outburst was just the most recent chapter in soccer’s long history of headbutting.
In the game of the season, Joey Barton utilized the headbutt to finish off his personal hat-trick against Manchester City. Having already elbowed Carlos Tevez and stomped on Sergio Aguero, Barton rounded off his tantrum by attempting to headbutt City captain Vincent Kompany. Luckily for him, he didn’t make much contact.
Of course, the grand-daddy of all headbutts belongs to Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman called time on his legendary career with a crushing blow to Marco Materazzi‘s chest plate during the 2006 FIFA World Cup final. Of course, Zidane being Zidane, he was still won the golden ball as player of the tournament.
Watch Rivas headbutt Hoppenot in the video below.
Photo via Facebook/Nelson Rivas