Rivaldo was our feature player for our first recorded #LCQ, back on June 5th 2013.
Rivaldo Vitor Borba Ferreira, or to me and you just Rivaldo, was perhaps one of the greatest Brazilian players in history. Best known for his stint at Barcelona and for being an important part of the 2002 Brazil World Cup winning side, Rivaldo, was a player of utlimate class, scoring some absolute scorchers throughout his career.
He began his career with Santa Cruz in the 1991, before he moved to Mogi Mirim, (a club he now actually owns) where he played in the regional leagues before a loan move to Corinthians. He spent a year there and then two at Palmeiras before he made his move to Europe and Spain, with Deportivo La Coruna.
Following a succesful season in La Coruna, where Rivaldo managed to score 21 League goals, Barcelona showed their interest and signed the Brazilian for £26 million. Rivaldo stayed with Barcelona for five years, where he won 2 La Ligas, a Spanish Cup and a UEFA Super Cup, whilst he also won the FIFA World Player of the Year and European Player of the Year awards. He scored 130 goals for the Blaugrana before he moved onto to Italy and AC Milan.
He struggled to to replicate the form he showed at Barcelona, with AC Milan. He did however manage to win a Champions League trophy, a Coppa Italia and a second UEFA Super Cup. He briefly returned to Brazil before a move to Greece and Olympiacos. He spent three years with the Greek club, scoring 43 goals in all competitions. A move to the Greek capital followed and a season with AEK Athens.
He eventually found his way to Uzbekistan and Bunyodkor Tashkent. He stayed there for three years, playing in the Uzbek league and AFC Champions League. He added another three league titles to his medal collection, including to Uzbekistani Cups.
A move back to Mogi Mirim followed where he became President, before a loan move to Sao Paulo. He didn’t play a game for Mogi Mirim in his tenure there. A two year spell in Angola and you would think Rivaldo had, had enough. Not quite yet. He is now back in Brazil and at the age of 41 playing in the Brazilian second division for Sao Caetano.
His international career spanned ten years, as he played 74 times scoring 34 goals. Part of the famous trio of the three R’s, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho. Rivaldo scored in the first five games of the tournament for Brazil. Still most remember from this tournament, however was the incident in the game with Turkey, where Hakan Unsal kicked the ball towards Rivaldo. The ball struck his shinpad, but Rivaldo went down clutching his face. But no one can quite deny how good of a player Rivaldo was and perhaps still is.
He has won basically everything possible in his career and he is yet to finish.