Romário was a prolific Brazilian striker in the 80s, 90s and 2000s.
He was the main focal point of the attack for Brazil when they won their first World Cup for 24 years. He was also a FIFA World Player of the Year and one of only a few players to reach a landmark 1,000 career goals.
He had a long playing career and spent the majority of it in Brazil. However, he spent most of his 20s playing in Europe.
PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona
When Romário was 22 he signed for Dutch side, PSV Eindhoven, after scoring 124 goals in 194 games for his first club, Vasco da Gama.
He spent five years at PSV and won the Dutch title three times.
He was the top scorer in the Dutch league four years in a row from 1989-1992. He scored 98 goals in 109 games for PSV before he headed for Spain and Barcelona.
Romário signed for Barcelona in 1993 and stayed for two seasons. He helped them win the La Liga title in 1994 and was the club’s top goal scorer with 30 goals. He scored 34 goals in 46 games for the club.
World Cup USA ‘94
Romário ‘s finest achievement came at the World Cup, USA ’94. Brazil hadn’t won the World Cup since 1970 when they had the great Pele leading the line. In 1994 it was Romário who was the talisman for the side that included players such as Bebeto, Dunga, Leonardo and Mauro Silva.
Brazil started the tournament well, finishing top of a difficult group that also contained Sweden, Russia and Cameroon. They beat Russia and Cameroon 2-0 and 3-0 respectively and got a creditable 1-1 draw with the Swedes. Romário scored in all three group games.
Brazil v USA
In the second Round they faced the host nation, the United States, in a game that is best remembered for Leonardo getting sent off for thuggishly elbowing an opponent in the face. Romário got an assist as his strike partner, Bebeto scored the only goal of the game.
Then came a tough Quarter Final against the Netherlands. The Netherlands had great players such as Dennis Bergkamp, Frank Rijkaard, Ronald Koeman and Marc Overmars. It was an exciting game and Brazil won 3-2 thanks to goals from Romário, Bebeto and Branco.
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