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Rivaldo confirms he could make dramatic return to football

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Rivaldo is considering coming out of retirement to help Sao Paulo-based club Mogi Mirim, who are currently rooted to the bottom of the second division after a winless start to the season, at the age of 43 former Brazilian superstar .

Rivaldo hinted at his possible return in a recent post to his Facebook page, explaining that he would offer his services to help pull the club clear of relegation.

Rivaldo admission

He wrote: "Once again, I will sacrifice my family for the good of the club but I hope to see our team in a more worthy situation in the competition.

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"I stopped played professionally 15 months ago but, if my knee is OK, I could help in some games."

He's the man

Confirming his status as one of the greatest footballing talents to walk the planet when he was crowned World Player of the Year for 1999, Rivaldo went on to achieve vast success for the remainder of his career. 

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Winning the World Cup in 2002 was undoubtedly the highlight of his illustrious career but spells at European superpowers Barcelona and AC Milan during the height of his career brought league and domestic titles as well as a Champions League medal to boot.

The current president of Mogi Mirim, Rivaldo has close ties to the club, having had three spells there as a player, most recently in December 2013 before he retired whilst contracted to the club the following year.

The return of the king

His son, Rivaldinho, is also a current squad member for the club so his father's comeback would offer an opportunity for the two Rivaldos to play together once again as they did early last year. 

However, such a return would be dependant on the state of his knee, which has been the source of persistent injury problems for a large majority of the Brazilian's playing career. Choosing to just commit himself to training at this early stage of his potential comeback, he explains that he will only consider himself to be put forward for selection based on how his knee responds to the training sessions.

"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. But training will help me to decide," he said.

Time will tell if Rivaldo decides to lace his boots again, but for any if he does it wouldn't be hard to imagine that he's still pretty handy for a 43-year-old.

Football fans, if you could see any past-footballer return to play for a spell who would it be? Let us know in the comments box below.

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