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Brazilian soccer legend Rivaldo tells fans not to bother coming to Olympics

Legendary Brazilian soccer star Rivaldo has warned potential visitors to his homeland not to bother showing up for the 2016 Olympic Games this August due to the current state of the country. The 44-year-old ex player of the Brazilian national team, Barcelona, and AC Milan, recently shared his opinion on an Instagram post. The former World Cup and 1999 Ballon d’Or winner, believes the nation, including the host city of Rio de Janeiro, is currently corrupt and unsafe due to its crime rate and the Zika virus.

Rivaldo wrote, “Things are getting uglier here every day. I advise everyone with plans to visit Brazil for the Olympics in Rio to stay in their country of origin. Your life will be in danger here. This is without even speaking about the state of public hospitals and all the Brazilian political mess. Only God can change the situation in our Brazil.”

The Zika virus has been in the news for several months now and it’s reportedly quite dangerous for pregnant women. Numerous sports fans and several athletes have already canceled plans to attend the Games this summer. Meanwhile, crime has been getting out of hand in South America’s largest nation for quite a while now. Deadly soccer violence is nothing new and there are a lot of problems in the country’s slums, which are known as favelas. Amnesty International has reported that 11 residents were killed by police officers in Rio favelas in the month of April and a 17-year-old girl recently lost her life in a shootout.

Reports say that police killed at least 307 people in Rio de Janeiro in 2015, and criminals murdered about another 1,200 people in the city. In fact, Brazil is known as one of the murder capitals of the world with about 60,000 of them last year. On top of that, Brazil’s political situation is also in a mess as politicians are trying to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, but are being opposed by the courts. However, the Senate is accusing her of improperly borrowing money from government banks and the controversial situation may have to eventually be sorted out by the Supreme Court.

It has also been pointed out that the water supply close to Rio is polluted, some of the proposed event sites are yet to be completed, and two people died a month ago when a cycling lane for visitors collapsed. Ticket sales are also reportedly quite slow, but the same thing was said prior to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the event more or less went off pretty smoothly. But local Brazilian fans are in the midst of an economic crisis and many of them will be staying home to watch the Olympics on TV.

 
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