RIVALDO: From Nothing to Something


Born in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, to a poor family, his physical appearance still marks the poverty he experienced in his childhood. His father died in a road accident shortly after he signed for Brazilian side Paulistano FC in 1989. He joined Santa Cruz where he finally made his professional debut in 1991.

He played for Mogi Mirim, Corinthians, Palmeiras and Deportivo La Coruña before joining FC Barcelona in 1997. With the Catalans, he formed a great striking partnership with Patrick Kluivert, winning four trophies. With 130 goals in 235 games he is Barcelona’s ninth highest goalscorer of all-time.

At AC Milan he scored 8 goals in 40 games, winning three trophies including the 2002/2003 UEFA Champions League title.

The former striker also played for the likes of Olympiacos, AEK Athens, Bunyodkor, São Paulo, Kabuscorp and São Caetano

The 1999 Ballon d’Or winner was a member of the Seleção side that won the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, 1999 Copa America and the 2002 World Cup, also finishing runners-up at the 1998 edition of the tournament. He was a member of the Brazil U-23 side that finished third at the 1996 Atalanta Olympics. From 1993 and 2003, he played 74 matches and scored 35 goals for Brazil and is the country’s seventh highest goalscorer of all-time

Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira, commonly known as Rivaldo is 48 today.

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