Rivaldo: 'I almost left Barca for Madrid'
- The Brazilian confesses that he was negotiating with Los Blancos.
- Rivaldo spent most of his professional career at Barca.
- He even won the Ballon d'Or back in 1999.
"I had the chance to sign for Real Madrid when I finished my contract with Barcelona. There were conversations with the club, but then Milan came through with a good offer and I preferred the Italians," confessed the 47-year-old.
Further on, the Brazilian explains why he considered this option back in 2002.
"Yes, it would have been a controversial transfer if I'd signed for Madrid, which could upset Barca fans, but I was unemployed at the time, and as a professional, I would not decline any conversation with interested clubs."
He added that playing for rival clubs was no different for him at that time.
"I played for Palmeiras and Corinthians - rival clubs - in Brazil. Basically, you must be professional, always respecting clubs' history and your own history as a football player."
Rivaldo spent five years at Barcelona between 1997 and 2002. He scored 130 goals in 235 appearances for the Catalan giants and scooped two La Liga titles during this run. When he was still at Barca, he also won the prestigious Ballon d'Or award back in 1999.