Rivaldo open to European move
Former Brazil international Rivaldo has denied he is on the verge of joining Mallorca, but the 38-year-old has not ruled out a move back to Europe. Reports in Spain and Brazil suggest the FIFA World Cup™ winner is set to return to the Primera Division and is in talks with the islanders.
However, Rivaldo, who revealed on Twitter yesterday that he had rescinded his contract with Bunyodkor, has used the same social networking site to play down speculation. "I haven't given any interview to any media outlet and everything that is coming out is not true," he said. "The only truth is that now I am unemployed and going to Brazil.
"But my lawyer has just informed me that his telephone hasn't stopped ringing, many clubs from Europe and Brazil are contacting him," he went on. "As I am out resolving personal matters, I can't always be online, but you will be the first to know any news. Despite my 38 years, I still have the footballing ability to play as much in Brazil as in Europe, I have always looked after myself for that. You can take that for certain."
Rivaldo moved to Europe in 1996, joining Deportivo La Coruna for a year before signing for Barcelona where he spent five seasons, winning the league title twice as well as the Copa del Rey. The 1999 FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or winner also spent a season at AC Milan and added the Champions League trophy to his numerous awards.
More recently, Rivaldo has played for AEK Athens and Olympiacos. Rivaldo joined Bunyodkor in 2008 and helped the highly ambitious Uzbek outfit to two league titles and a cup before quitting with a year left on his contract.