I'm 22, so yeah, I'm a bit youngerI don't know your age, but I'm guessing you're a bit younger than I...
For me, Rivaldo was something special when I was a kid. He was the only player I really emulated on the pitch. The dark years were awful and I, like the rest of us, was always desperately looking at Rivaldo to do something.
And you're right, as you grow older you become distant. I expect this too, but I'm not 29 yet and I'm still younger than most players on the team so I can still have idols for a while.