Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira, commonly known as Rivaldo, has revealed that he rejected approaches from Premier League clubs Liverpool and Manchester United.
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 30, 2016
The Brazilian attacking midfielder, who could also play as a second striker, scored 291 goals in 636 appearances in his career.
He spent five years with Spanish club Barcelona, where he formed a successful partnership with Patrick Kluivert, and won the 1998 and 1999 Spanish La Liga championship, and the 1998 Copa Del Rey.
From 1993 to 2003, Rivaldo played 74 matches and scored 35 goals for Brazil, and is currently their seventh highest goal scorer. He helped Brazil reach the final of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and won the 1999 Copa America, where he was named the player of the tournament.
The Brazilian legend won the Ballon d’Or in 1999 for his incredible performances for both club and country.
During his prime, Rivaldo was one of the most sought after players in the world. He recently revealed that he rejected approaches from both Manchester United and Liverpool. He revealed that these two giants, along with another small club, tried to get his signature.
He was quoted as saying: “Yes, I did receive a few offers back then from Liverpool and Manchester [United] when I was playing for Barcelona,” Rivaldo told Squawka. “There was also another small club that tried.”
After leaving Barcelona, Rivaldo’s career saw a sharp fall. He joined AC Milan after leaving the Catalans, and had an underwhelming spell in Italy, that lasted for two years.
His next best spell came in Uzbekistan for the club Bunyokdor, where he also played for 2 years, and ended his first season there as the top scorer.
He then went on to play for 8 other clubs, before retiring in 2014.