Rivaldo Vitor Borba Ferreira, more commonly known as just Rivaldo, is hanging up his boots for good this time. The 43-year-old Brazilian came out of retirement just two months ago for Mogi Mirim in Brazilian second division, but injury problems is forcing him to once again step away from the game.
Rivaldo came to Mogi Mirim in 2014 as player/president of the club. His son, Rivaldinho plays for the club. He retired for the first time back in March 2014, but made his return to the pitch in June 2015. Rivaldo and Rivaldinho both scored in the same game in July in a 3-1 victory over Macae.
“With medication, the pain in the games is bearable, but after passing the effect, the pain is much stronger.” Rivaldo said to Globoesport.com.
The comeback only lasted two games, and after lingering injury problems, Rivaldo has now hung up his boots for good. He resigned as president of the club less than a month ago.
Rivaldo was voted FIFA World Player of the Year in 1999 and won the Ballon d’Or during his time at Barcelona. He also won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil. He played for 14 different teams throughout his career, but his time in Catalonia is what he’s most remembered for. He scored 92 goals in 182 games for Barcelona during his five years at the club, and had 35 goals in 74 caps for the Brazilian national team.
He won nine league titles and one Champions League title during his career, but the crown jewel was the 2002 World Cup win with Brazil in South Korea and Japan.