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Brazilian Football Legend Rivaldo Retires

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With tears in my eyes today I would like first to thank God, my family and all the support, the affection that I received during those 24 years as a player.


Today I communicate to all my fans in the world, my history as a player came to the end.


Just I have to thank the lovely career I have built over these years.


There were many obstacles, challenges, waivers, longings, disappointments, but were much greater joys, achievements, growth, change.


Sometimes teaching other learning but never lost my focus, always with dedication, determination and direction of God.


In this long journey, many people passed through my life, some for a period, other friends who remain until now.


I built my career upon a miracle, leaving in Paulista, no financial resources, no businessman, incentives only of my family, discredited by doctors and trainers , saw a distant dream come true.


With persistence, dedication and especially with the hand of God, I came to be recognized as the best player in the world, world champion, among many other important titles in the history of football.


Among trophies, medals, awards and titles, in a land where everything is consumed, here I leave a story, perhaps an example, but surely a testimony that is worth believing and fighting.


“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”


Brief bio


Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira (born 19 April 1972), known as Rivaldo (Brazilian Portuguese: 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 Ligachampionship 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.

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