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Brazilian legend Rivaldo plays alongside his son for his first club

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Rivaldo shared the pitch with his son as they both played for Brazilian side Mogi Mirim.

A memorable event took place in the third tier of Brazilian football this week. Rivaldo is one of the greatest footballers in the modern era, and is till playing at the ripe age of 41-years-old. He is playing for the club where he career begun, at Mogi Mirim.

Another player on the books there is a young 18-year-old called Rivaldinho son of the 2002 World Cup winner. They both played for Mogi Mirim in a match against XV de Piracicaba which finished 1-1.  Playing as a striker Rivaldinho also started out at Mogi Mirim as a youth player before a move to Brazilian giants Corinthians. However it never worked out for him there and he moved back to Mogi Mirim where he now plays in Serie C. Another former Barcelona player to have played at Mogi Mirim is Giovanni.

Rivaldo is also the club president at Mogi Mirim and the match was played at a stadium named after his late father. Rivaldo's career has seen him play for no less than 13 teams but is most remembered for his spell at Barcelona. In his time in Spain he won La Liga twice and was also named FIFA World Player of the year as well as picking up the Ballon D'or in 1999 (They were separate awards back then).

It is remarkable he is still playing at the age of 41 albeit in the third tier of Brazilian football. Perhaps he wanted to carry on playing until he could share a football pitch with his son. He was playing in Serie A in Brazil just a few years ago for Sao Paulo. He has also had spells playing in Uzbekistan and Angola. Charlton reportedly turned down the opportunity to sign him just a couple of years ago.

Rivaldinho has a lot to live up to if he is to match his father's success, and he must surely feel pressured when he is on the same pitch as him. Surely if he's only nearly as good, he will have a superb career.

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