World Cup winning legend opens up on Rangers transfer offer
Brazilian superstar Rivaldo has revealed that Rangers were interested in signing him at one point in his career.
The 2002 World Cup winner was a free agent after leaving AC Milan in 2004, and admitted to the Scottish Sun that Celtic were heavily interested in taking him to Glasgow as a potential replacement for Henrik Larsson.
But the Hoops weren’t the only Scottish side keen on the legendary forward.
In his interview with the Sun, he said: “Rangers were also interested in me at that moment in my career and I appreciated their interest.
“About what club would I have chosen is tough.
“I know there is a big rivalry between the clubs and I would have probably chosen the one that I envisage as a better professional project to continue my career at that time.”
What would signing Rivaldo have meant for the Gers?
Without a doubt, signing a player of Rivaldo’s calibre would have gone down a treat at Ibrox, especially back then.
Just after the turn of the millennium, the SPL title race was a closely contested affair every year, and having a recent World Cup winner amongst the ranks would have been a huge ace in the hole.
By that time, the South American would have been over 30, and fresh off the back of a fairly disappointing run in Italy with AC Milan.
But he managed 43 goals and 23 assists in 101 appearances for Olympiakos from 2004-2007, and it’s hard to imagine him not having a similar kind of impact in Scotland.
Alas, it’s a case of what might have been, but what just imagine if we’d seen a played of his immense talents pull on the famous blue jersey.
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