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[17.06.01] Barcelona:Valencia 3:2 - Rivaldo

Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira (born April 19, 1972 in Paulista, Pernambuco), commonly known as Rivaldo, is regarded as one of the best Brazilian professional football players of all time, currently playing for FC Bunyodkor, on a multi-million dollar contract, in the Uzbek League. He most notably played five years with Spanish club FC Barcelona, with whom he won the 1998 and 1999 Spanish La Liga championship and the 1998 Copa del Rey. He was honoured as FIFA World Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year in 1999. He was named by Pelé as one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony in 2004.

Between 1993 and 2003, Rivaldo played 86 matches and scored 36 goals for the Brazil national football team (A Seleção), and he was a very influential part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup winning Brazilian team. An attacking midfielder, he is known for his play-making capabilities, as well as his technique and goalscoring ability. He is also known for his bicycle kicks.

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