Rivaldo

Brazil 2017 captain

One of the best players of his generation and World Player of the Year and Balon d’Or recipient in 1999, Rivaldo is among the greatest Brazilian players of all time. He started his career in Brazil before moving to Europe to play for Deportivo. It was his move to Barcelona where he enjoyed the best chapter of his career, winning trophies and scoring for fun. Powerful, skilful, creative with a knack of scoring the incredible made him an instant success at Barça. He moved to AC Milan, winning the Champions League, before ending his career at a number of clubs in Europe and Brazil. He was an inspiration to the Brazilian national team, helping them to the World Cup final in 1998, before playing a key part in their record fifth World Cup triumph in 2002.

Full name: Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira

Born: 19/04/1972, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

Clubs: Santa Cruz (1991-1992), Mogi Mirim (1992-1994), Corinthians (loan, 1993-1994), Palmeiras (1994-1996), Deportivo La Coruña (1996-1997), Barcelona (1997-2002), Milan (2002-2004), Cruzeiro (loan, 2004), Olympiacos (2004-2007), AEK Athens (2007-2008), Bunyodkor (2008-2010), São Paulo (2010-2011), Kabuscorp (2012), São Caetano (2013), Mogi Mirim (2014-2015)

International: 74 apps, 35 goals (1993-2003)

Position: Midfielder

Honours:

  • Brazilian Série A (1): 1994
  • Campeonato Paulista (2): 1994, 1996
  • UEFA Super Cup (1): 1997
  • Spanish La Liga (2): 1997-98, 1998-99
  • Copa del Rey (1): 1998
  • UEFA Champions League (1): 2002-03
  • Coppa Italia (1): 2002-03
  • UEFA Super Cup (1): 2003
  • Campeonato Mineiro (1): 2004
  • Greek Super League (3): 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Greek Cup (2): 2005, 2006
  • Uzbek League (3): 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Uzbekistani Cup (2): 2008, 2010;
  • Confederations Cup (1): 1997
  • Copa América (1): 1999
  • FIFA World Cup (1): 2002;
  • Ballon d’Or (1): 1999
  • FIFA World Player of the Year (1): 1999