Ex-Barça man Rivaldo: I could have signed for Real Madrid

"As a professional I would not decline any conversation with interested clubs"

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Former Barcelona player and Betfair ambassador Rivaldo has revealed he could have signed for Real Madrid when he left Camp Nou in 2002. 

It would have been a huge move given the circumstance surrounding Luis Figo's move to the Spanish capital two years previously. 

"I had the chance to sign for Real Madrid when I finished my contract with Barcelona," Rivaldo told Betfair. "There were conversations with the club, but then Milan came through with a good offer and I preferred the Italians.

"Yes, it would have been a controversial transfer if I'd signed for Madrid, which could upset Barca fans, but I was unemployed at the time, and as a professional I would not decline any conversation with interested clubs.

"I played for Palmeiras and Corinthians -- rival clubs -- in Brazil. Basically, you must be professional, always respecting clubs' history and your own history as a football player."

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