Rivaldo is widely considered to be one of the finest players in the modern history of the game. He played in the area between attacking midfielder and deep-lying forward but he was more scorer or assister than creator. Rivaldo could dribble, shoot and pass with the best of them. Especially, his shooting was a combination of superb power and precision. The best highlight of his club career was in 2001. In the last game of the season, against Valencia, Rivaldo scored a hat-trick to win the game 3-2. His third goal was a bicycle kick from the edge of the area in the 90th minute of the game, which is regarded as one of the greatest goals ever in a combination of importance and skill. The win secured Barcelona a place in the following UEFA Champions League tournament.
The Zenith of his national team career came at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, hosted in South Korea and Japan. He scored in the first five games for Brazil. Brazilian striker Ronaldo had done so for four matches, allowing journalists to question whether there was any rivalry between the two athletes. Rivaldo denied this, insisting that all he wanted was to be the world champion. His spectacular goal against Belgium in the second round prompted Belgian coach Robert Waseige to name Rivaldo as the deciding factor. Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho helped Rivaldo score a crucial goal in the 2-1 win over England in the quarterfinals. Brazil eventually met Germany in the final, and went on to win the tournament with a 2-0 victory in the final. Both Ronaldo goals came from trademark Rivaldo plays, as both Rivaldo and Brazil made amends for the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final loss to France. Rivaldo was named by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari as the best player of the tournament.
Club Palmeiras: Brazilian Série A: 1994 São Paulo State Championship: 1994, 1996 Euro-America Cup: 1996 Barcelona: Spanish La Liga: 1998, 1999 Copa del Rey: 1998 European Super Cup: 1997 AC Milan: UEFA Champions League: 2003 Coppa Italia: 2003 European Super Cup: 2003 Olympiacos: Greek League: 2005, 2006, 2007 Greek Cup: 2005, 2006 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor: Uzbek League: 2008, 2009 Uzbekistani Cup: 2008
Country 74 Caps 34 Goals FIFA World Cup 2002 Copa América: 1999 Confederations Cup: 1997
Individual Brazilian Bola de Prata: 1993, 1994 FIFA World Player of the Year: 1999 European Footballer of the Year: 1999 World Soccer Player of the Year: 1999 Onze d'Or: 1999 Ballon d'Or: 1999 Copa América 1999 Top Scorer Copa América 1999 MVP Spanish League Footballer of the Year: 1999 UEFA Champions League Top Scorer: 2000 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2002 Greek Championship best foreign player: 2006, 2007 FIFA 100
What I want to say? Rivaldo had a strong kick, perhaps not worthy of the highest level and current value is fine, but his ST is much more important in his game, many of the goals he scored over the head with a lot of different shots and the attempt was hazardous to the opposing goal.