Rio de Janeiro, June 23 (IANS) Retired Brazil World Cup winner Rivaldo will make a comeback with Brazilian Serie B club Mogi Mirim.
The 43-year-old, who called time on his career in March last year, said he would make himself available for the club where he is currently president, reported Xinhua news agency.
“After a lot of thinking and analyzing the pros and cons, I have decided to join the Mogi Mirim squad,” Rivaldo said on Facebook.
“That doesn’t mean I’m going to play because I’ve been out for a long time and now only administering the club. I stopped playing professionally 15 months ago. If my knee is ok, maybe I can help in a few games. But training will help me to decide.”
Rivaldo has been criticized by Mogi Mirim fans in recent days for his decision to lift the price of tickets for home matches to $30, up from about $6 earlier in the season.
Mogi Mirim are currently last in the Serie B standings with just three points from their first eight matches.
Rivaldo is considered one of Brazil’s greatest ever footballers. The former Barcelona star played in the Selecao’s 2002 World Cup-winning team and won the 1999 Ballon d’Or, awarded to the world’s best player.