ROMARIO

Romário de Souza Faria (born 29 January 1966), known simply as Romário, was a Brazilian professional footballer. Nicknamed Baixinho (Portuguese for “The Little One,” or “Shorty”) Romário's career began with Vasco de Gama. He moved to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 1988. During his five seasons at PSV the club became Eredivisie champions three times, and he scored a total of 165 goals in 167 games.

In 1993, he moved to FC Barcelona and became part of Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team", forming an exceptional strike partnership with Hristo Stoichkov. He won La Liga in his first season and finished top goalscorer with 30 goals in 33 matches. Barcelona also reached the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League final, where in spite of being heavy favourites to win, they eventually lost 0–4 to Milan. During the second half of his career Romário played for clubs within the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He won the Brazilian league title with CR Vasco da Gama in 2000 and was a three-time top scorer in the league. At the end of his career he also played briefly in Qatar, the United States and Australia.

As a member of the Brazilian national team, Romário won the silver Olympic medal in Seoul in 1988, finishing as the top-goalscorer with seven goals in six matches. He attained the status of national hero at the 1989 Copa America as he scored the only goal in the final against Uruguay to end Brazil’s long trophy drought in front of their own fans at the Maracanã. Lack of fitness meant he was restricted to playing only 66 minutes in one match during the 1990 World Cup. At the 1994 World Cup held in the United States, Romário partnered Bebeto in attack to lead his country to a record fourth World Cup title. Romário scored five goals in the tournament:winning the World Cup Golden Ball as the most valuable player of the tournament, and being named in the World Cup All-Star Team.

Romario soon formed a lethal relationship with newcomer Ronaldo winning the 1997 Copa América in Bolivia where they scored a total of eight goals. Later on in December 1997 they each scored a hat-trick in a 6–0 win against Australia in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup final. Devastatingly, Romário was left out of the 1998 World Cup squad; medical exams had revealed that he had a muscular injury. In his absence, Brazil reached the world cup final where they lost 3-0 to France. Prior to the 2002 World Cup, Romário, aged 36, was in considerably good form while playing for Vasco da Gama, but once again he was left out of the national squad by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari due to indiscipline. Without Romário, Brazil went on to win the World Cup for the fifth time in history.