Rivaldo was 32-years-old when he left his dwelling nation of Brazil for Greece, having beforehand returned after a massively profitable spell in Europe, notably with Barcelona.
The transfer again to Brazil was regarded as him winding his profession down, however he would surprisingly return to Europe with Olympiacos after not that includes an excessive amount of with Cruzeiro.
Rivaldo loved a profession renaissance, and battered in loads of excellent targets.
We have teamed up with soccer analyst Marius Fischer, often known as @Gegenpressing91 on Twitter, who has labored his magic with Microsoft Excel to map out all Rivaldo’s scored targets for Olympiacos.
“The nice Brazilian left footer Rivaldo enjoying for Olympiacos Piraeus? Not an image that many people had in thoughts.
“However the truth is, he spent full 4 years within the Greek Tremendous League that was probably the greatest locations for ‘older stars’ again within the day earlier than the likes of Russia, China or Qatar emerged to alter that.
“Rivaldo turned a celebrity at Barca, the place he scored 86 targets in 157 video games and produced many magic targets like an overhead kick within the final minute in opposition to CF Valencia to ship his crew into the Champions League.
“When he obtained older, he modified his recreation and have become extra of a traditional striker. For Olympiacos he scored 36 targets in 70 matches and, regardless of Rivaldo already being in his thirties, soccer in Greece proved too simple for him.
“He scored volleys, lobs, rabonas – his left foot was simply too deadly for the defenders within the Tremendous League.
“His well-known purpose was a long-range free-kick from a tough angle to attain the profitable purpose within the home cup last – a purpose that gave him a spot within the hearts of all Olympiacos followers.”
Rivaldo’s finest years actually got here with Barcelona at membership degree, whereas he’s a World Cup winner with Brazil, too, however his interval in Greece will go down as probably the most spectacular second acts of the previous 20 years.