Vitor Borba Ferreira 'Rivaldo'

Vitor Borba Ferreira 'Rivaldo'

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

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. 

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)
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