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Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira ,the 2002 World  Cup winner ,also Barcelona, AC Milan and Brazil legend Rivaldo has retired from  football aged 41

Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira Retires at 41

Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira Retired  at 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