Saturday, 21 January 2012
With the news last week that Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo was moving to Angolan side Kabuscorp, many were quick to assume that he was just moving for the money.
However is Rivaldo just moving for the money?
The Brazilian star, who has won many trophies with his clubs and country, ranging from the Champions League to the Copa America and the 2002 World Cup has also lifted many individuals honours such as the Ballon D'Or in 1999. With his 40th birthday approaching this April he could have hung up his boots and retired with the satisfaction (and most likely the money) to have a comfortable life after football.
However if a player loves playing then it is hard for them to give up and that seems to be the case with Rivaldo.
The former Barcelona and Milan striker wants to continue playing regularly as can be seen with his unhappiness at being on the bench for Sao Paulo FC last year.
Rivaldo did not want to be a bit part player for one of the top sides in Brazil, he wanted to be starting as much as possible and a move to Kabuscorp should bring that. It is not often you see a World Cup winner playing in African football!
Angola's economy is said to be booming right now but if the move was all about money Rivaldo could have made much more staying in Brazilian football which has much more money available or moving to somewhere like Qatar.
Rivaldo seems to be moving for more than the money, and looks like he is setting himself one final challenge.
After previously spending time with Olympiacos and AEK Athens in Greece and then FC Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan, it is clear that Rivaldo is happy to stray from his comfort zone to challenge himself.
Moving to African Football may be the last big challenge in Rivaldo's illustrious career but if he finds more success and manges to bring something to African football then he will retire a happy man.
Either that or he will move on to the next stop of the Rivaldo world tour!