As one 'R' returns to the big stage... Rivaldo begins his next chapter

Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho will feature for Brazil against England tonight, but he isn't the only high profile Brazilian with a story to tell.

Ronaldinho is attracting all the right headlines for once after finding his magic feet at Atletico Mineiro in Brazil, even admitting to being surprised to receive his international call-up for the friendly with England at Wembley.

World Cup winning coach Luiz Scolari certainly knows what the former Ballon d'Or winner can do, having seen him play a key part in their 2002 success.

He was one of the three Rs who led the way in attack, along with Ronaldo and Rivaldo.

Ronaldo has since had to retire, but remarkably Rivaldo, the eldest of the trio, is still going strong.

Tonight he is preparing to make his debut for second-tier side Sao Caetano. They signed him on a free transfer in mid-January, after a nomadic past decade.

He is 40-years-old, and since leaving AC Milan in 2004 will have after tonight played for seven clubs in eight years. 

His globe-trotting included Greek sides Olympiakos and AEK Athens, Uzbek club Bunyodkor, Brazilian teams Mogi Mirim and Sao Paolo, and most recently, Angolan club Kabuscorp.

He has plans to continue too. He say that after this season with Sao Caetano, he wants to end his career in the lower leagues at the club he began with back in 1991, Santa Cruz.

His career has been quite remarkable, as well as winning numerous individual honours and the World Cup in 2002, he lifted the Champions League with AC Milan in 2003, as well as two La Liga titles with Barcelona in 1998 and 1999.

With the national team he scored an outstanding 34 goals in 74 games, including a crucial equaliser against England in Shizuoka in 2002.

While Ronaldinho goes out to re-capture the glory of his winner in that match tonight, Rivaldo will be lining up in a league game against Guarani.

Two very different stages, but two stories equally as compelling.

Watch all of Rivaldo's goals for Brazil below...

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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