One of the most gifted playmakers of his generation, elegant left-footer Rivaldo was a winner of the big three trophies that any Brazilian footballer craves - World Cup, Copa América and Champions League.
But the silky Brazilian also shone when the individual prizes were handed out, scooping the 1999 FIFA Men's Best Player award, today's equivalent of the Ballon d'Or. He was absolutely brilliant for Brazil, Barcelona and AC Milan.
Rivaldo was brilliant! pic.twitter.com/pQg57ZAqX4— 90s Football (@90sfootball) January 7, 2021
Wearing the number 10 jersey for the iconic Seleção team is a privilege reserved only for players with elite capabilities and the personality traits to back them up. Very few attacking trios in the history of world football have captured the imagination quite like Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho did.
Rivaldo's cabinet of collective and individual achievements takes the breath away:
- 🥇 Ballon d'Or winner in 1999
- 🌍 World Cup winner in 2002
- 🌎 Copa América winner in 1999
- 🗺 Confederations Cup winner in 1997
- 🥉 Olympic Bronze medallist in 1996
- 🏆 UEFA Champions League winner in 2003
- 🇪🇺 Two-time UEFA Super Cup winner
- 🇪🇸 LaLiga winner in 1998 & 1999
- 🇪🇸 Copa del Rey winner in 1998
- 🇮🇹 Coppa Italia winner in 2003
Giovanni, Sonny Anderson and Rivaldo celebrate winning the league with Barcelona, 1998. pic.twitter.com/kxvcrVVeXq— 90s Football (@90sfootball) April 18, 2021
That's not to mention the countless honours he won in domestic league action during stints in Greece, Brazil and Uzbekistan. You can count on the fingers of one hand the amount of players in football history that possessed dribbling ability, set-piece mastery and balance quite like Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira, and he had plenty to spare.
Left-footers make the beautiful game look even better than it already is, and Rivaldo was one of the finest examples.