Romário de Souza Faria is a Brazilian former professional footballer and football manager. Since he retired from football, he served as a Senator for Rio de Janeiro and was also the Second Vice President of the Federal State from 2011 to 2015.

His senior football career spanned from 1985 to 2009. In 1994, he was instrumental in helping Brazil win the FIFA World Cup held in the United States. Also in 2021, he was named the FIFA World Player of the Year.

Player Profile, Personal Life, and Youth Career

Romário de Souza Faria was born on January 29, 1966 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the father of Romarinho who also played for Vasco de Gama, the club that Romário also played for.

Position Forward
Height / weight 1.67 m /
Born 29 Jan 1966
Nationality Brazil Brazil
Number 13
Team History
America Football Club (Rio de Janeiro) 2009
CR Vasco da Gama CR Vasco da Gama 2007
Adelaide United FC Adelaide United 2006 (loan)
CR Vasco da Gama CR Vasco da Gama 2005 - 2006
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (2006–2016) 2006
Fluminense Fluminense 2002 - 2004
Al Sadd SC 2003 (loan)
CR Vasco da Gama CR Vasco da Gama 2000 - 2002
Flamengo Flamengo 1998 - 1999
Flamengo Flamengo 1997 (loan)
Valencia CF Valencia 1996 - 1997
Flamengo Flamengo 1995 - 1996
FC Barcelona FC Barcelona 1993 - 1995
PSV Eindhoven PSV Eindhoven 1988 - 1993
CR Vasco da Gama CR Vasco da Gama 1985 - 1988

He entered the political scene in Brazil in 2010. He has since become a senator and the second Vice President of the country.

Romário started his youth career playing for his local club Olaria before playing for Vasco de Gama.

Professional Career and National Career

He debuted for Vasco de Gama as a senior player in 1985 the first time around. Romário would later return to playing for the club a number of times throughout his professional career. In 1993, he moved to play for PSV Eindhoven where he was coached by Guus Hiddink.

From 1995 to 1999, Romário played for Flamengo and Valenica. From 2000 to 2005, he would return to Vasco and also played for Fluminense.

In May 2007, he scored his 1000th goal while again playing for Vasco de Gama. It was such a big deal that the game was stopped for 20 minutes to allow for celebrations. FIFA congratulated him but they only officially recognize 929 goals. He started his management career with Vasco in 2007. He also coached for the club in 2008.

Romário announced his retirement in 2008. He cited his weight as one of the main reasons for retiring. He shortly came out of retirement to play for America.

He also played for the Brazilian National Team from 1985 to 2005. During that time, he helped the country win the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Career Highlights:

Vasco da Gama

  • 2000 - Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
  • 1987, 1988 - Campeonato Carioca
  • 1987, 1988 - Copa Mercosur

PSV Eindhoven

  • 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92 -Eredivisie
  • 1988–89, 1989–90 - KNVB Cup
  • 1992 - Dutch Super Cup

Barcelona

  • 1993–94 - La Liga

Flamengo

  • 1996, 1999 - Campeonato Carioca

Al-Sadd

  • 2003 - Qatar Crown Prince Cup

América-RJ

  • 2009 - Campeonato Carioca SecondDivision

Brazil Youth

  • 1985 - U-20 South AmericanChampionship
  • 1988 - Olympic Silver Medal

Brazil

  • 1994 - FIFA World Cup
  • 1989, 1997 - Copa América
  • 1997 - FIFA Confederations Cup

Individual

  • 1985 - U-20 South AmericanChampionship’s top scorer
  • 1986, 1987, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,2000 - Campeonato Carioca’s topscorer
  • 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001 - Vasco daGama Player of the Year
  • 1988 - Seoul Summer Olympics topscorer
  • 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91 - DutchLeague’s top scorer
  • 1988–89, 1989–90 - Dutch Cup’s topscorer
  • 1989 - Dutch Footballer of the Year
  • 1989–90, 1992–93 - UEFA ChampionsLeague top scorer
  • 1993 - Onze de Bronze
  • 1993 - FIFA World Player of the YearSilver Award
  • 1993–94 - Pichichi Trophy
  • 1993–94 - Trofeo EFE BestIbero-American Soccer Player of theSpanish League
  • 1994 - FIFA World Cup Golden Ball
  • 1994 - FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot
  • 1994 - FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
  • 1994 - Onze d’Or
  • 1994 - FIFA World Player of the Year
  • 1994 - L’Équipe Champion ofChampions Sportsman of the year
  • 1995, 2000, 2001 - South AmericanTeam of the Year
  • 1997 - FIFA Confederations CupGolden Shoe
  • 1997 - FIFA Confederations CupSilver Ball
  • 1997, 2000 - Rio-São PauloTournament’s top scorer
  • 1998 - CONCACAF Gold Cup All-StarTeam
  • 1998, 1999 - Brazilian Cup’s topscorer
  • 1999, 2000 - Copa Mercosur’s topscorer
  • 1999, 2000, 2002 - Placar GoldenBoot
  • 2000, 2001, 2005 - Brazilianleague’s top scorer
  • 2000 - FIFA Club World Cup BronzeBall
  • 2000 - Bola de Ouro
  • 2000, 2001, 2005 - Bola de Prata
  • 2000 - South American Footballer ofthe Year
  • 2001, 2005 - CBF Golden Boot
  • 2002 - FIFA World Cup Dream Team
  • 2004 - FIFA 100
  • 2005 - Rei do Gol Trophy
  • 2006 - USL 1st’s MVP
  • 20062006 - USL 1st’s top scorer
  • 2007 - Prêmio Craque do Brasileirão– Special Honor
  • 2007 - Golden Foot Legends Award
  • 2014 - Marca World Cups All-TimeTeam
  • International Football Hall of Fame– Pachuca, México
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall ofFame
  • Ballon d’Or: 1994 – Le nouveaupalmarès
  • 2022 - Globe Soccer Awards PlayerCareer Award

Team History

National Team

  • 1985 - Brazil U20
  • 1988 - Brazil U23
  • 1987–2005 - Brazil

Teams Managed

  • 2007 - Vasco da Gama
  • 2008 - Vasco da Gama

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    ayoola adewale

    no controversy is one of the best ever played round leather game. kudos to ruthless finisher

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