Rivaldo had a great relationship on the pitch with Ronaldo Nazario, whom he wanted to play alongside at club level.
Ronaldo and Rivaldo would be an amazing duo at Real Madrid
Former Barcelona striker Rivaldo has reflected on his playing days and says that he would have liked to join Real Madrid. Rivaldo had a great relationship on the pitch with Ronaldo Nazario, whom he wanted to play alongside at club level. “If I were on top with Ronaldo at Real Madrid, we would be an amazing duo,” Rivaldo told reporters. “We already showed that when we played with Brazil. To have more time to develop the chemistry that we had at the club level would make us even more deadly. Defences would have feared us, no matter which club we played for. That summer of 2002, Ronaldo signed with Real Madrid after Los Blancos showed an interest in me, so it would have been incredible if we could team up.”
Rivaldo admits that he would receive criticism similar to what Luis Figo experienced two years earlier if he has crossed the divide. “I would never have refused Real Madrid just because I played for Barcelona, although I have a great relationship with Barcelona and they will always be my club in Europe,” Rivaldo said. “I know very well that if I signed with Real Madrid, it would be a similar case with Figo, but in the end, it did not happen.”