Brazil iconic forward Rivaldo has announced his retirement from the round-leather game at the age of 41, after 23 years illustrious career, which saw him play for 14 clubs, winning the Ballon d’Or at Barcelona in 1999, and the World Cup with the Seleção in 2002.

The former AC Milan and Olympiacos attacking midfielder had been playing for Mogi Mirim in his native country, but announced the emotional decision to his Instagram followers this week.

Rivaldo made history last month by lining up alongside his son, Rivaldinho.

Rivaldo Snr came on as a substitute for Mogi Mirim as they drew 1-1 with XV de Piracicaba in a Sao Paolo State League match at the Estadio Romildo
Ferreira, the first time he had played alongside 18-year-old Junior.

He wrote: “With tears in my eyes. I can only express my appreciation for the great career I’ve had over the years.

“I had many obstacles, challenges, sacrifices and disappointments, but experienced a lot more success, joy and changes in my career.

“Apart from winning trophies, medals and awards, I played a part in history and this surely proves it’s worth believing and fighting.”


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