5 players who deserve more respect
The world of football keeps producing legends who leave their marks on the game by producing several memorable moments. In every generation, a bunch of players manage to cement themselves as an integral part of the hall of fame of the world's most popular sport.
In the past few years, several footballers have earned the privilege of being labelled as the best in the world at their respective positions, for a certain period.
However, as days pass by, fans tend to forget these moments of magic, and perhaps make the mistake of concentrating on the downfall of these legends, instead of appreciating them for what they have offered during their peak days.
Here are five players who we believe, deserve more respect when their name is being mentioned.
Following his recent statements a few days ago about the Ballon d'Or being more difficult to win during his era, some fans were quick to downplay Rivaldo's credentials on social media, while labelling him as merely arrogant.
It is a bit surprising how some people talk about Rivaldo as if he was an ordinary player, or as if he could not have been a serious contender for the player of the year award, these days. In fact, the 45-year old has won nine league titles in his career, in addition to the UEFA Champions League he won with AC Milan, back in 2003.
The Brazilian's best moment at club-level, was without a doubt, at FC Barcelona where he was crowned as the best player in the world back in 1999, after guiding the Catalans to the league title in spectacular fashion - beating the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Gabriel Batistuta to the award.
In addition to that, Rivaldo was the best midfielder in World Cup 2002, leading his country to the most important title in the world of football, after playing an essential role in helping Brazil overcome Germany in the final. It is worth noting that the Brazilian was the top scorer and best player of Copa América 1999, as his national team crushed Uruguay 3-0 in the final.