Brazilian Soccer Legend Rivaldo: Don’t Go to Rio Olympics, ‘You Will Be in Danger for Your Life’

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Brazilian soccer legend Rivaldo advises tourists to stay away from his country for their own safety during the Summer Olympics.

“The thing is getting uglier in Brazil,” Rivaldo writes on Instagram. “I advise everyone who intends to visit Brazil or to come to the Olympics in Rio to remain in their country of origin. Here you will be in danger for your life. Not to mention the condition of public hospitals and all this mess in Brazilian politics.”

The post displayed a picture of a 17-year-old girl gunned down in Rio this past weekend.

The inconvenient post on out-of-control crime comes atop political instability amid an impeachment process of President Dilma Rousseff, an economic downturn, concerns over polluted water, cost overruns for the games resulting from corruption, and the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Concerns over the deadly virus have led to several potential Olympians, including golfers Vijay Singh and Mark Leishman, to opt to skip the Rio Games. U.S. women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo says she decided to participate in the Olympics “begrudgingly” because of Zika.

The 44-year-old Rivaldo, who helped Brazil win the World Cup in 2002, remains pessimistic about an earthly fix to his nation’s problems. He says, “Only God to change the situation of our Brazil.”


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