Brazil legend Rivaldo has fulfilled another of his life ambitions after playing alongside his son in a stadium named after his father.
The 41-year-old came off the bench for Mogi Mirim in a Sao Paulo State league match against Piracicaba, joining his 18-year-old son Rivaldinho in attack as his side earned a 1-1 draw.
The union between father and son had further resonance for the Rivaldo family as the match took place in the Estadio Romildo Ferreira, a stadium named after the former Barcelona star's father.
The former Brazil international, who is enjoying a third stint at Mogi Mirim where he also acts as club president, later announced that playing alongside his teenage son marked another 'special day' in a remarkable career.
"I want to thank God for such a special day in my life," the World Cup winner tweeted. "I was able to play with my son Rivaldo Junior in an official match.
"We drew the game 1-1 but this day will go down in history. Many thanks my God for what you have done and still do in my life."
Eu queria agradecer a Deus por este dia tão especial na minha vida, consegui jogar com meu filho… http://t.co/ni9gE0tZkG
— RIVALDO FERREIRA (@RIVALDOOFICIAL) February 19, 2014
Rivaldo won 74 caps for Brazil in a career that has spanned over 24 years and counting. In that time the attacking midfielder has turned out for 14 different clubs in over six countries, achieving domestic and European success with the likes of Barcelona and Milan.
It is not the first occasion one of European football's elder statesmen has had the opportunity to play alongside their offspring.
Celtic legend Henrik Larsson dusted off his boots while assistant manager of Swedish minnows Hogaborg in 2013 amid an injury crisis, but it was his son Jordan who grabbed the headlines as the then-15-year-old scored to help his side to a 4-2 win over Tenhult in Sweden's fourth tier.