Rivaldo announces retirement

Former Barcelona forward Rivaldo has confirmed that he will retire from football after a distinguished 24-year career.

The ex-Brazil international played for the Blaugrana for five years between 1997 and 2002, where he won one League title, two Copa del Reys and a European Super Cup, as well as picking up the Ballon d’Or award in 1999.

After winning the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, Rivaldo left Barça to spend two seasons at Milan. Since then, he also played for clubs in Brazil, Greece, Uzbekistan and Angola. He is currently president of Brazilian Serie C club Mogi Mirim, where is son Rivaldinho is among the playing squad.

Via social media, the 41-year-old announced: “with tears in my eyes I’d like to give thanks to God, my family and for all the support I have received in 24 years as a player.

“Today I’m announcing to my fans around the world that my history as a player has reached its end.”

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