Rivaldo (Recife, Brazil, 1972) was signed from Deportivo la Coruña at the start of the 1997-98 season as a direct replacement for his compatriot Ronaldo, who had left for Inter Milan after an exceptional year in Catalonia
PHOTO: ARCHIVE FCB
- Seasons at the club: 1997-2002 - Games played: 253 - Goals scored: 136 - Trophies: 1 European Super Cup (1997) 2 Leagues (1997/98 and 98/99) 1 Copa del Rey (1997/98) 1 Copa Catalunya (1999/00)
And Rivaldo was able to fill the role. A tall, sturdy player, he had the kind of abilities that had rarely been seen before, with tricky dribbling skills, a powerful shot and an amazing talent for converting free kicks and penalties, all off his left foot.
He was not an out and out striker, but more of a left winger or attacking midfielder, but still managed to rack up an incredible tally of goals in his time at Barça: 136 in 253 games. He was a serious and discrete footballer, who preferred to do his talking on the pitch and was rewarded in style for his achievements with the Balon d’Or in 1999.