Brazil football legend and former Barcelona star Rivaldo Ferreira has celebrated his 51st birthday in style with his teeming Instagram fans.
Taking to his social media handle, the former Barcelona star thanked God for a worthwhile 51 years of life with his family, friends, and fans.
Posting a glowing footage of himself with his number of years on his arms, Rivaldo wrote;
“Thank you my God for my 51 years of life. I am very grateful for providing me with so many wonderful moments in my life.
“Thank you to all my family that I love very much, thank you to my friends and fans for your love.
“God is faithful all the time. Blessed us. Thanks for the Lord has helped us 1 Sam 7:12.”
Rivaldo hung his football boots in March, 2014 but returned from retirement to play for Mogi Mirim in 2015 before going back to retirement.
After ending his 20-year football career, Rivaldo has continued with his private life off the pitch but is still close to football finding his way to the administrative cadre in Mogi Mirim as President.
Who is Rivaldo’s Wife
Rivald married Rose Ferreira in 1993 while he was still active in football. The marriage lasted for 10 years before they decided to part ways in 2003.
Rivaldo had two children with Rose – Rivaldinho and Thamirys Borba Ferreira.
Rivaldo remarried after his breakup with Rose Ferreira. He is now married to a sexy and hot Brazilian beauty Eliza Kaminski.
Eliza Kaminski is a super-hot fashion freak and dietician. She is a mother of three and equally a good stepmum to Rivaldinho and Thamirys.
She has three children for Rivaldo, João Vitor Ferreira, Rebeca Ferreira, and Isaque Ferreira.
Rivaldo leaves no stone unturned when it comes to spending and sharing beautiful moments with Eliza Kaminski.
In one occasion, he shared a shot of him and Eliza in the Gym having a nice time.
He wrote, “Enjoy life all the days of your fleeting life which God has given you under the sun. For this is your portion in this life for the labor you have toiled under the sun.”
The two couple are deeply into each other. Eliza Kaminski shared a footage of moments she has spent with the former footballer while celebrating his 51st birthday.
She wrote, “51 years with the love of my life. I just have to be grateful for living by your side.
“Continue to be such a great inspiration.A man of his word. Let the light of Jesus shine. I love you my Varao.”
Who is Rivaldo?
Rivaldo Vitor Borba Ferreira, popularly known as Rivaldo, is a 51-year-old former footballer.
Born in Recife, Brazil, the 1.86m-tall former footballer used to play as an attacking midfielder for Brazil national team and clubs throughout his career.
He started his youth career at Paulistano and Santa Cruz before making his first senior club appearance for Santa Cruz in 1991.
In 1992, he joined Mogi Mirim and also played on loan at Corinthians where he made 62 appearances, scoring 22 goals.
In 1994, he joined Palmeiras and made 30 appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals.
Rivaldo’s first spell in European club football was in Spain where he played for Derportivo La Coruna between 1996 to 1997 before joining Barcelona in 1997.
At the Catalan club, Rivaldo established himself as one of the top Laliga players to be reckoned with as he nudged in 86 goals in 157 appearances for the club.
He also played for AC Milan, Olympiacos, and AEK Athens before he returned to Brazilian club football in the twilight of his career.
Before calling time on his career, he returned to Mogi Mirim in 2014 and played for a season, making just 8 appearances with one goal.
Rivaldo made his Brazil national team debut in 1993 and won 74 caps, scoring 35 goals.
He won the 2002 World Cup, 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, and 1999 Copa America trophy.
The former Barcelona star has been rated among the richest retired footballers. He amassed fortunes during his football career and is now estimated net worth is $74m.
Rivaldo donned two jersey numbers throughout his career. At Barcelona, AEK Athens, Sao Paulo, Olympiacos he wore jersey number 10. At AC Milan he donned number 11 shirt.
How old is Rivaldo?
He was born on 19 April, 1972. He is 51 years old. He celebrated his 51st birthday on Wednesday 19 April, 2023.
Why did Rivaldo leave Barcelona?
After Luis van Gaal retuned to Barcelona in 2002 as manager, Rivaldo did not have a good relationship with the Dutch coach.
He admitted having a strained relationship with van Gaal and as such had to leave the club.