|Full name||Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira|
|Date of birth||19 April 1972|
|Place of birth||Paulista, Brazil|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Mogi Mirim|
|1993–1994||→ Corinthians (loan)||19||(11)|
|1996–1997||Deportivo La Coruña||41||(21)|
|2004||→ Cruzeiro (loan)||11||(2)|
|2011||→ São Paulo (loan)||30||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira (born 19 April 1972), known as Rivaldo (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁiˈvawdu]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Mogi Mirim in Série C. He plays as an attacking midfielder and sometimes as a supporting striker. He played for five years with Spanish club FC Barcelona, where he formed a successful partnership with Patrick Kluivert, and won the 1998 and 1999 Spanish La Liga championship and the 1998 Copa del Rey.
Between 1993 and 2003, Rivaldo played 74 matches and scored 34 goals for the Brazil national football team and is the sixth highest goalscorer. He helped Brazil reach the final of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and won the 1999 Copa América where he was named player of the tournament. Rivaldo starred alongside Ronaldo and Ronaldinho in the 2002 FIFA World Cup winning team. He was named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 1998 and 2002.
In 1999, Rivaldo was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or. He was named by Pelé as one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony in 2004. He is an inductee to the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame. He is the president of Mogi Mirim Esporte Clube in Brazil.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Born in Paulista, Pernambuco, Brazil, Rivaldo had a poor upbringing in the favelas of the port town of Recife. His physical appearance still marks the poverty he experienced in his childhood: malnourishment-caused bowleggedness and the loss of several teeth. Rivaldo began his professional career at the age of 16, when he signed with Paulistano, from Pernambuco, in 1989, despite the Paulistano coaches believing him too physically weak to succeed. Rivaldo's father Romildo was killed in a road accident in 1989, but Rivaldo signed his first professional contract later that year.
Santa Cruz, Mogi Mirim and Corinthians
He went on to play for Santa Cruz in 1991. In 1992, he moved south to the state of São Paulo where he played for Mogi Mirim in the second tier of Brazilian football. In 1993,he moved to the state capital to play for Corinthians in the first division.
In the next year, he switched local allegiances and moved to Palmeiras, helping the club successfully defend its league championship in 1994. In both 1993 and 1994, he was honoured by the authoritative publication Placar Magazine with the Bola de Ouro for the best player in his position.
Before the 1996 Olympics, Parma announced that they had signed Rivaldo and his teammate Amaral from Palmeiras. After the Olympics, there was a dispute, and rather than Italy, Rivaldo moved to Spain as he joined Deportivo La Coruña in La Liga. He only stayed for one season, but nonetheless it proved to be a successful one for both him and the club. Rivaldo was the joint-fourth top goal scorer of the season, with 21 goals from 41 matches, as Deportivo finished third in the league. Rivaldo switched to FC Barcelona in 1997 in a transfer deal securing Deportivo a 4000 million pesetas (around $26 million) transfer fee.
In his first season at Barcelona, Rivaldo was the second top goal scorer with 19 goals in 34 matches, as Barcelona won The Double of La Liga championship and Copa del Rey. In 1999, he won another La Liga title with Barcelona, and once again was the league's second highest scorer with 24 goals. Individually, he won both the FIFA World Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year awards. However, after another fruitless Champions League campaign, Rivaldo was linked with a move away from Camp Nou. Indeed, then-Manchester United captain Roy Keane was reported as stating Rivaldo was the player he most wanted United to sign.
In his third season in Barcelona, Rivaldo fell out with manager Louis van Gaal, when he insisted playing as a playmaker rather than on the left wing. Even though he had a strained relationship with van Gaal, Rivaldo went on to score 10 goals in the European UEFA Champions League tournament, as the club reached the semi-finals. Van Gaal was fired in June 2000.
In the following 2000–01 season, Rivaldo was once again the second highest goalscorer of the league, with 23 goals. In the last game of the season, against Valencia CF, Rivaldo scored a hat-trick to win the game 3–2. His third goal was a bicycle kick from the edge of the area in the 89th minute of the game, and is regarded as one of his greatest goals ever. The win secured Barcelona a place in the following UEFA Champions League. He scored a total of 36 goals that season, taking his Barcelona tally up to 130.
In June 2002, van Gaal returned to manage Barcelona. Rivaldo was released from his contract, and signed a three-year deal with the Italian Serie A club Milan. With Milan, he won the Italian Cup and the UEFA Champions League in the 2002–03 season. After leaving Milan, he briefly returned to Brazil, playing for Cruzeiro in Belo Horizonte.
On 22 July 2004, Rivaldo returned to Europe, joining Alpha Ethniki division club Olympiacos. In the last game of Rivaldo's first season at Olympiacos, the club needed a victory in order to win the Alpha Ethniki championship, with Panathinaikos just one point behind. Olympiacos went on to beat Iraklis 0–1 in an away match in Thessaloniki, thanks to Rivaldo's goal, and secured the championship.
Rivaldo renewed his contract with Olympiacos for a third year, despite now being 34 years old. In July 2006, Rivaldo announced that the 2006–07 season with Olympiacos would be his last in Europe, before returning to Brazil. However, he quickly changed his decision and decided to stay for another year. The 2006–2007 season saw him score 17 goals in 27 Superleague matches. Rivaldo scored 43 goals in 81 games for Olympiacos.
Rivaldo was released by Olympiacos after the chairman of the club decided that he was too old to continue with the club. Later that summer, he signed for Super League club AEK Athens on 29 May 2007. His first Super League goal with AEK Athens came through a penalty in their 3–0 win against Panionios. Rivaldo had another great season and the team initially finished in first place in the league, but after the court case between Apollon Kalamaria and Olympiacos for the illegal usage of a player in the 1–0 Apollon Kalamaria win earlier in the season, Olympiacos were awarded the 3 points in a court hearing, thus finishing 2 points ahead of AEK.
Rivaldo announced on 25 August 2008 to a Greek Sport Radio Station that he agreed to continue his career at Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan, effective immediately, after what he described as an "extremely tempting contract offer".
Rivaldo signed a two-year contract worth €10.2 million and later signed an extension to extend the contract to 2011. On his debut for Bunyodkor, Rivaldo scored both goals in a 2–0 win. In 2009, Rivaldo became the first player in the world to score one, then two, then three, then four goals in four consecutive matches. He scored one goal in the first match and two goals in the second match against Navbahor. In the third match on 25 June 2009, Rivaldo scored a hat trick against Metallurg, which was beaten 4–0 by Bunyodkor. In the fourth match Bunyodkor beat Sogdiana Djizak 5–0 and Rivaldo scored four in 17 minutes. After the end of the 2009 season, Rivaldo won UFF Topscorer award, having scored 20 league goals, and was runner up for UFF Player of the Year award. He scored 33 goals for the club in total. Rivaldo announced on 11 August 2010 on Twitter that he had cancelled his contract with Bunyodkor.
On 18 November 2010, he announced he would be returning to Mogi Mirim, the club that he had started his career in the early 1990s, through his Social Networking site, saying: "After sorting out a lot of things outside of the country, I have decided to play the Paulista 2011 for Mogi Mirim, of whom I am President." However, he joined São Paulo in January 2011.
On 23 January 2011, Rivaldo joined São Paulo. He scored on his debut for them in the First Division against Linense with a wonderful goal. The ball was sent over from the left hand side of the pitch, before Rivaldo controlled the ball and took it over a defender using his left knee, and finished at the near post. He spent most part of March 2011 tending injury, but came back for following fixtures such as a 1–1 draw with Palmeiras and a 2–1 win over Corinthians.
Rivaldo stated on his Twitter account that he would leave São Paulo by the end of the season: "I just want to inform everybody that on Saturday, it's going to be my last training session at São Paulo. I've been told by the club's official that this is going to be my last season here." He added: "I'm not saying goodbye to football yet. I still have a lot to accomplish. I just wish I could hang up my boots at the end of 2012."
Rivaldo joined Angolan club Kabuscorp in January 2012. On 18 March, Rivaldo scored a hat-trick against Recreativo Caala. On 23 March it was reported that English League 1 club Charlton Athletic had turned down the chance to sign Rivaldo on a free transfer. Rivaldo left Kabuscorp in November 2012 after the expiration of his contract.
On January 2013, Rivaldo joined São Caetano, signing a deal that ran to December. He scored his first goal for his new club in his debut against Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, February 9. During the following match against Clube Atlético Bragantino Rivaldo once again scored, although his team lost with 2–1. In November 2013, he left the club due to knee problems.
In 1993, he debuted for the Brazilian national football team, scoring the only goal in a friendly match against Mexico. He was selected to represent Brazil at the 1996 Summer Olympics. The Brazilian team won the bronze medal, but Rivaldo was not selected for the third place playoff.
Rivaldo returned to the Brazilian national team for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he scored three goals, including two in the 3–2 quarter-final win against Denmark. Rivaldo had not been a part of the victorious Brazilian team at the 1997 Copa América tournament, but was part of the successful defence of that title at the 1999 Copa América. Rivaldo finished the tournament as the top scorer, with five goals; one being an equaliser from a free-kick in a 2–1 win over Argentina in the quarter-finals, and two in the 3–0 victory over Uruguay in the final. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Rivaldo had been the centre of criticism when Brazil did not win tournaments, ever since the 1996 Olympics. In the 1–0 win against Colombia in November 2000, Rivaldo was booed so heavily that he threatened to retire from playing for his country.
The zenith of his national team career came at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, hosted in South Korea and Japan. Featuring in an attacking trio with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, dubbed the "three R's", Rivaldo scored in the first five games for Brazil, while Ronaldo scored in four matches. His goal against Belgium in the second round prompted Belgian coach Robert Waseige to name Rivaldo as the deciding factor.
Ronaldinho assisted Rivaldo to score the equaliser against England in the quarterfinals before Ronaldinho scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory. Brazil eventually met Germany in the final, and went on to win the tournament with a 2–0 victory, courtesy of two goals for Ronaldo. Rivaldo was named by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari as the best player of the tournament. Rivaldo along with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team.
However, despite a generally successful tournament, Rivaldo was involved in a controversial incident against Turkey. In the closing stages of the match, with the ball out of play, Turkish defender Hakan Ünsal kicked a ball towards Rivaldo, who was waiting at the corner flag. The ball struck his thigh, but Rivaldo fell to the ground clutching his face. The referee sent the Turkish player off with a second yellow card. After a video review, Rivaldo was fined 11,670 Swiss Francs by FIFA, 1,670 of which were for "costs". His last cap was on 19 November 2003 in Curitiba in a 3–3 draw with Uruguay. He played 79 minutes before being substituted for Luís Fabiano. He had scored his last goal just 3 days earlier from the penalty spot in a 1–1 draw with Peru. In his time with the Brazilian Squad, he won 74 caps, and scored 34 goals.
World Cup goals
|1.||1998-06-16||Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France||Morocco||2 – 0||3–0||1998||Group Stage|
|2.||1998-07-03||Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France||Denmark||2 – 1||3–2||1998||Quarter-Final|
|3.||1998-07-03||Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France||Denmark||3 – 2||3–2||1998||Quarter-Final|
|4.||2002-06-03||Munsu Cup Stadium, Ulsan, Korea Republic||Turkey||2 – 1||2–1||2002||Group Stage|
|5.||2002-06-08||Jeju World Cup Stadium, Seogwipo, Korea Republic||China PR||2 – 0||4–0||2002||Group Stage|
|6.||2002-06-13||Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon, Korea Republic||Costa Rica||2 – 4||2–5||2002||Group Stage|
|7.||2002-06-17||Kobe Wing Stadium, Kobe, Japan||Belgium||1 – 0||2–0||2002||Round of 16|
|8.||2002-06-21||Shizuoka Stadium, Shizuoka, Japan||England||1 – 1||1–2||2002||Quarter-Final|
As of 23 February 2014
|1991–92||Santa Cruz||Série B||4||6||18||8||4||2||-||-||-||-||26||16|
|1992||Mogi Mirim||Série A||-||-||31||13||-||-||-||-||-||-||31||13|
|2011||São Paulo||Série A||30||5||9||1||4||0||3||1||-||-||46||7|
|2013||São Caetano||Série B||7||0||10||2||2||0||-||-||-||-||19||2|
|2014||Mogi Mirim||Série C||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Brazil national team|
- Confederations Cup (1): 1997
- Copa América (1): 1999
- FIFA World Cup (1): 2002
- FIFA World Cup: Runners-up (2nd Place)1998
- Umbro Cup: 1995
- Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame
- Brazilian Bola de Prata: 1993, 1994
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2002
- World Soccer Player of the Year: 1999
- Onze d'Or: 1999
- Ballon d'Or: 1999
- FIFA World Player of the Year: 1999
- Copa América 1999 Top Scorer
- Copa América 1999 Most Valuable Player
- Spanish League Footballer of the Year: 1999
- UEFA Champions League Top Scorer: 2000
- IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year 2000
- FIFA World Cup Silver Boot: 2002
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2002
- FIFA 100
- Greek Championship best foreign player: 2006, 2007
- Uzbek League 2009 Top Scorer
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- World in motion Times Online 3 February 2009
- "Veteran Rivaldo nets brace on Bunyodkor debut". ESPN. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
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- Aos 40 anos, pentacampeão Rivaldo é o novo reforço do São Caetano (in Portuguese)
- "Veteran Rivaldo leaves 2nd-division club in Brazil". Associated Press. November 8, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
- Smyth, Rob. "On Second Thoughts: Rivaldo". Retrieved 25 September 2013.
- Rodrigo Amaral, Rivaldo reflects on wheel of fortune, BBC, 20 June 2002
- Brazil questions Rivaldo's role, BBC, 19 November 2000
- "Rivaldo dreams of Germany". UEFA.com. Retrieved 21 November 2013
- John Chapman, Wilmots tells of ref's apology, BBC, 17 June 2002
- "English dream over", 'CNN Sports Illustrated. June 2002
- "Campbell makes All-Star team". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 November 2013
- Scolari: Rivaldo did not cheat The Guardian 4 June 2002
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- Transfermarkt Profile
- Scoresway Profile
- Rivaldo – FIFA competition record
- Rivaldo at National-Football-Teams.com