Brazil legend Rivaldo has announced his intention to return to professional football to aid the struggling club he owns, at the age of 43. The former soccer star, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, retired in March 2015 playing in Brazil and after a glittering career in which he represented the likes of Barcelona from Spain and Milan from Italy. He has announced his intention to return to professional football team Mogi Mirim to aid the struggling club he owns.
However, Rivaldo has started training with Mogi Mirim – where he is also president, with a view to playing for the first team, who are bottom of the Brazilian Serie B with just three points from eight matches. While Rivaldo could return to action, he admitted how much he actually plays in competitive game time is dependent on whether his knee is able to stand up to the rigor of the sport.
“After much thought and analyzing the pros and cons, I have decided to join the team of Mogi Mirim”, he said in a statement on the club’s official website recently. “I believe that training daily with the team, and with my experience, we will get through this complicated moment we are living. I want my decision to help the players out of this bad phase, because I believe that our team should not be fighting against relegation. We as a team should at least be vying for the middle of the table”, said the former star to the press in Brazil.
Rivaldo stopped playing professionally 15 months ago in consequence of a knee injury. He is one of the top names of the most recent Brazilian soccer history and has played with Ronaldo “el fenomeno” helping Brazil to get its 5th world cup. He earned 74 caps for Brazil, scoring 34 goals.