adidas sl76 Brazilian soccer star Rivaldo visits Brandon
When the news spread that Brazilian soccer legend Rivaldo was at the Players Club of Tampa Bay, a large crowd of kids, teens and adults encircled him for photos and autographs on soccer balls, cleats, caps and bags, Brazilian jerseys and Barcelona sleeves and scarves.
The star athlete appearance coincided with the gathering of about 30 teams of U 11 and U 12 boys Feb. 20 for the Florida Youth Soccer Association Region C1 Tournament in Brandon.
Forty three year old Rivaldo Vitor Borba Ferreira, known around the world by his first name, is a soft spoken, 6 foot 1 inch tall, left footed, retired, attacking midfielder who played for Barcelona, Milan and on Brazil national team.
most significant soccer moments were when I won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil national team (when he also was awarded the Adidas Golden Boot), when I was selected FIFA Ballon d in 1999 (world player of the year) and the five years I played with Barcelona. I never forget that, he said in Portuguese in an in person interview translated by Romildo Sanches, director of the Players Club of Tampa Bay.
Rivaldo was invited to visit the club by his friend Cl Am da Concei a Brazilian former defender for the Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras who recently was asked to join the Players Club coaching staff.
In his explanation about why he was in Brandon, Rivaldo said that he has retired from soccer and has turned over his immediate past duties as president of the Mogi Mirim Esporte Clube in Brasil to someone else.
I just enjoying life and exploring possibilities, he said. here with my family exploring opportunities, getting ideas. I thinking about opening up a school or investing in a soccer school such as this one. I came to see how they operate and so on here, but I not jumping to conclusions. End Global/Templates/Objects/articleParagraph51_7 >
His children play soccer, including his oldest son, 20 year old Rivaldo Vitor Borba Ferreira Junior, who goes by the name of Rivaldinho and plays as an attacker for the professional soccer club XV de Piracicaba (also known as Esporte Clube XV de Novembro) in Brazil. The two made history together at Mogi Mirim Esporte Clube in a 2015 competitive match in which father and son each scored a goal.
Rivaldo has come far since he started playing soccer as a young child on an unleveled, grassless dirt field in Paulista in northeast Brazil.
was nothing like this, he said, indicating the well manicured fields the young players were using for their tournament.
The throng of children and parents around him and a question about his earliest soccer memory brought to mind a poignant moment.
I was about eight years old, he said, didn have any shoes to wear. My father had to sacrifice to buy me my first soccer shoes. One of the best memories I have is when my daddy gave me those shoes. End Global/Templates/Objects/articleParagraph51_12 >