Rivaldo, the FIFA World Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year in 1999 and a member of Brazil's World Cup-winning squad of 2002, announced this week that he has agreed to leave AEK Athens for the Uzbek league.
The 36-year-old forward said, "It was a difficult decision to make but I have received an offer that is very good for my career." He reportedly received a two-year deal worth 10 million euros ($14.6 million), which he described as "the kind of offer you can't turn down."
As we noted in a previous post, the Tashkent club is sponsored by the Zeromax oil company, which belongs to Uzbek President Islam Karimov's daughter, Gulnara Karimova.
-- Dan Wisniewski