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Rivaldo won the Ballon d'Or in 1999 | FCB ARCHIVE

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 Ballon d’Or in 1999.

CAREER

Seasons at the club: 1997-2002
Games played: 253
Goals scored: 136

HONOURS 

1 European Super Cup (1997)
2 Leagues (1997/98 and 98/99)
1 Copa del Rey (1997/98)
1 Copa Catalunya (1999/00)