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Romario ends glittering career

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At the age of 42 former Brazil striker Romario has finally decided to call it a day.

A World Cup winners medal, a World Player of the Year accolade and more than a 1,000 goals goes only some way to highlighting what an extraordinary career he has had.

He began and ended his career with Brazilian side Vasco da Gama, with two further stints in between, and has also played in Europe for Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Valencia, Brazilian sides Flamengo and Fluminese and Al Sadd in Qatar, Miami FC and Australian side Adelaide United.

To top it all off, at the age of 39, he bagged 22 goals to finish as the Brazilian Championship's leading goalscorer.

His career has not been without controversy and following a game in October was banned for 120 days after testing positive for the banned masking agent finasteride.

He later had the ban overturned after he was successful with an appeal where he claimed to inadvertently used the substance as part of hair loss treatment.

What are your thoughts on Romario? Can he be regarded as one of the game's greatest ever player?

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comment by mjeddy (U8561457)

posted Apr 15, 2008

Well maybe it's just nostalgia but for me he's the greatest palyer during my lifetime along with zidane...pure class. When i was first getting into football he was the main man without doubt, and as such will always be an inspiration to me

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posted Apr 15, 2008

My greatest memory of Romario was when he and Stoichkov took United apart at the Nou Camp. Ok yes we had Gary Walsh in net but he was awesome that night and the 4-0 scoreline flattered Utd in the end, it could easily have been 10.

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posted Apr 15, 2008

Vidic cult hero, cant believe you have added Batistuta in with those great players long haired argentine waste of space!!! Need to look back further when looking at greats! Romario was not worthy of lacing up George Best's boots!!!

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posted Apr 15, 2008

okay alex mcleish did i hear george best compaired to romario one they are generations apart and 2 they are both legends but if i were to choose i will stick to romario george best is english and as we know english players cant play l.o.l

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posted Apr 16, 2008

About time too!

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comment by av it (U10690115)

posted Apr 16, 2008

rastamanvibe79 : george best was northern irish you numpty!

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posted Apr 16, 2008

Romario is/was brilliant.......he was one of the best players on one of the best international teams in the world when i was really getting into football......he connected with Rivaldo so well......

And one more thing, George Best isnt English......rastamanvibe

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comment by NeilG42 (U1826671)

posted Apr 16, 2008

When even Gods retire it makes you take a closer look at your own mortality.

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posted Apr 16, 2008

The World Cup goals were very acerage by Romario's standards. I suggest you look for video clips of Romario's best goals on youtube.

His goals at PSV, Barcelona and for Brazil were awesome. Nobody playing the game today has better close ball control. He makes Portuguese Ronaldo look wooden.

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