18. Rivaldo


Full nameRivaldo Vitor Borba Ferreira
Date of birth19 April 1972
Place of birthPaulista, Brazil
PositionAttacking Midfielder
Rivaldo is arguably the most under-rated of the great football players in history.
Always in the shadow of players like Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaka, Rivaldo refused to participate in the marketing bonanza around him.

And yet, he was one of the best players during 1995-2005 period due to his skill and his genius.

After a big season in Brazil, Rivaldo tried his luck in Spain with Deportivo de La Coruña scoring 21 goals during the season 1996-97 before joining Barcelona.

It is at Barcelona that Rivaldo won world-renown and many successes including two Liga (1997-98 and 1998-99) and prestigious individual awards such as the Ballon d’Or in 1999 and the FIFA World Player of the Year the same year.

With Milan AC, he won the UEFA Champions League, the Coppa Italia, the UEFA Super Cup and the Supercoppa Italiana during the season 2002-03.

With the national team, Rivaldo was the best Brazilian player of the World Cup 1998 and won the title 4 years later, finishing second top scorer of the competition.

Rivaldo is one of the only footballers to play in four different confederations and four different continents: UEFA (Europe), CONMEBOL (South America), CAF (Africa) and AFC (Asia).


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