Rivaldinho, a son to the legendary Brazilian footballer Rivaldo, is taking the football world by storm.
The 22-year-old currently plays for a Romanian club FC Dinamo București as a forward, and his exploits on Thursday against Athletic Bilbao in their Europa League playoffs, has just announced his arrival on the big stage.
Image: Rivaldinho and Rivaldo
Rivaldinho, full names Rivaldo Vítor Mosca Ferreira Júnior, joined the Romanian club last February after the first division side reached agreement terms with his Brazilian club Internacional. His contract runs until 2022.
He started his football career with a Brazilian second division club Mogi Mirim.
The talented youngster plays as a forward, and now wears shirt No. 9 shirt for Dinamo.
Football fans believe there’s more to come from this whiz kid who scored from a long range effort against Athletic Bilbao to secure a draw against the Spanish team on 27 July, 2017. However, he thinks it’s weird for football lovers to start drawing comparisons between him and his father Rivaldo.
Talking with Marca about what the name meant to him at the beginning, Rivaldinho said: “It [the name] did weigh a lot.”
He continued: “I was a kid and people were comparing me, putting pressure on. There are a lot of bad people who try to put you in uncomfortable spots, but there were also a lot of people who helped me.
“My dad won the Ballon d’Or, he was one of the best in history. I haven’t got even one percent of his class. If I had that one percent, I’d be the best in the world.
“There’s only one Rivaldo. Right now Messi, Neymar and Cristiano are the kings… but they’re different, every player has his style. Geniuses like that only come about every thousand years,” he said of his father.
Rivaldinho’s first goal for the Dinamo was on 5 April, in their 2–0 league victory against CFR Cluj.
“I feel good. The team is making a comeback in the first division league, and I scored in our opening game, so I think we’ve started well,” he told Marca.
The young star was asked about life in Romania, and he said it’s a lot better than he expected, adding that he’s really happy to have agreed on a transfer to the club.
“The city is amazing, it’s got everything you can think of,” he added.
“[On Dinamo’s goals for the season] To fight to be at the top of the table and to progress in Europe if we can. It won’t be easy, but nothing is impossible in football. We’re not a club that has all the money or all the talent in the world, but maybe we have more enthusiasm than most and with a bit of luck we can go through.”
Both father and son, Rivaldo and Rivaldinho made history on July 15, 2015 when they scored during a Mogi Mirim match.
Rivaldo, a ferocious winger who sometimes switched as an attacking midfielder or second striker, is the current president of Mogi Mirim Esporte Clube in Brazil.
On achieving a lifetime dream of playing with his legendary father, the youngster said: “Yes, I’ll never forget the date: July 14, 2015. It was with Mogi Mirim. We both scored, we won the game 3-0 and it was an unforgettable night. For my goal he won the ball and he put in a shift defensively…”
The new football sensation has a dual citizenship with Spain and Brazil. He’s yet to make a choice on which country to represent.
Taking Mazinho’s sons as examples, Thiago chose to play for Spain while his brother Rafinha opted for Brazil, but Rivaldinho says: “I haven’t really thought about it. I was born in Brazil and it’s my blood, but I love Spain and in a large measure that was the country that educated me.”