Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira ,the 2002 World Cup winner ,also Barcelona, AC Milan and Brazil legend Rivaldo has retired from football aged 41
“My history as a player has come to the end,” said Rivaldo, who was also named the 1999 Fifa World Player of the Year.
“With tears in my eyes, I would like to thank God, my family and everyone else for their support and love I have received during my 24 years as a professional footballer,” Rivaldo said in a statement on social networking site Instagram.
“My history as a player has come to an end today. My entire career was built upon a miracle, I’ve left my hometown Paulista without any financial resources, no agent, disbelieved by doctors and coaches and I saw a distant dream come true.
“With persistence, dedication and, mostly, by the hand of God, I’ve achieved to be recognised as the best player in the world, to be a world champion, among many other awards and honours.
“In a land where everything is for consumption, I exit as part of history, maybe an example, as testimony for sure that it’s worth fighting and believing for what you want.” He added