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Ford's Focus - Rivaldo extends his career, in Angola

Total Football's Nick Ford starts a new column today. Nick resides in Henley-on-Thames, home of the world famous annual regatta and the recent phenomenon that is the 80s Rewind Festival. So he can just pop down by the riverside for creative inspiration any time he chooses.

With that in mind, we've set Nick the task of coming up with something new, interesting, different and quirky for our readers on a regular basis.

His first attempt has hit the mark, as he enters the mind of Brazil World Cup star Rivaldo and ponders whether he stuck a pin at random in a world map and decided to go wherever the pin told him to, or whether a move to Angola involved a bit more of a thought process than that.

Prolonging your playing days - in a former Portuguese colony

An increasing number of players are seeing out the last few years of their playing careers in less established leagues dotted around the world.

Most of these footballers will probably admit that as well as going to prolong their career by a few more years, they are also going for one last payday.

One footballer made the news at the weekend for his interesting choice of destination, in what is certainly the twilight of his career.

That player is former World and European footballer of the year Rivaldo. The ex-Barcelona attacker has just joined Angolan side Kabuscorp, last season’s runners-up and clearly a side with ambition.

The Brazilian World Cup winner may well turn 40 on his next birthday, but it hasn’t stopped him making the Girabola the sixth league he has featured in and Kabuscorp his 13th club.

With Angola being a former Portuguese colony, the fact that Rivaldo will be playing in a country that speaks his mother tongue was probably a key factor in his decision.

The attacking midfielder enjoyed some of his best years at Barcelona and one of his finest moments was a hat-trick against Valencia in 2000/01 season which sent the Catalan giants into the Champions League at the expense of his opposition.

Rivaldo won’t be expected to repeat these heroics at the Estadio Sao Paulo in Luanda, but he may be the missing piece in the Kabuscorp jigsaw as his new club just missed out on the title by one point last season.

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