Romario was never far from controversy. Many times the Brazilian caused it. And he, too, was looking for her. When Pelé said that his compatriot should retire because at 38 years of age he was no longer performing, the attacker did not bite his tongue and responded with unusual harshness, in 2004: Pelé, shut up, he is a poet. When he opens his mouth he just says shit.”
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With a brief but memorable spell at FC Barcelona, Romario de Souza Faria had disagreements with another character with a strong personality and who was the undisputed boss of the Catalan club, coach Johan Cruyff, a Barça symbol. World champion with a lackluster Brazil in the United States in 1994 Romario, together with Bebeto, gave that opaque and cautious squad the dose of audacity it needed to be crowned.
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Today Romario is 57 years old and long ago, while still an active footballer, he confessed to several of the acts of indiscipline that he carried out in various clubs, especially those related to partying that made him stay up all night before games.
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The fearsome definer and gifted dribbler in the care of his sporting life was not exemplary. He is now the center of attention again due to a comparison he made in an interview with the chain ESPN. A part of the content was disseminated by the newspaper Brandfrom Spain.
“The former Brazilian striker compared the Barcelona in which he played with that of Pep Guardiola and when he had to choose between him or Lionel Messi he had no doubts in opting for himself,” the Madrid newspaper published this Saturday.
The note says: “Romario de Souza Faria was one of those different footballers, from cartoons as he came to be defined who marked an era in Barcelona despite having only spent two seasons in the Barça team and having starred in the occasional episode controversial”.
It is remembered that “Romario was part of one of the best Barça in history, that of Cruyff, the dream team, along with other legendary players such as Hristo Stoichkov, Andoni Zubizarreta, Aitor Beguiristain or José Mari Bakero”.
Brand recounts that “in an interview for ESPN He was asked which Barça was better, comparing player by player, if the one he played for or the one Pep Guardiola trained years later, and the Brazilian was not shy about saying that he was better than Messi”.
The Brazilian, who in Europe also played for PSV Eindhoven and Valencia, responded about Messi, regarding him: “We are different players, in his position he is better, but in mine, I am better.”
He was invited to choose, footballer by footballer, who was better between the FC Barcelona that he delivered and the one from the best era with Messi as stars. Among goalkeepers, for example, he chose Andoni Zubizarreta over Víctor Valdés. Then Romario balanced his decisions: he leaned towards Dani Alves, with whom he was not a teammate at Barça; but he did not leave Guardiola and Ronald Koeman, his comrades at FC Barcelona, out of his ideal eleven.
“Romario or Messi?”, they asked him. “Uff …“ Romario ”, he said when choosing himself over the Argentine. During his stay at FC Barcelona Romario played 65 games between 1993 and 1995 and scored 39 goals. Messi dressed as a Barça player 778 times and scored 672 goals. (D)
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