‘Retired’ Romario readies to return to football at 43

August 14th, 2009 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 14 (DPA) The well-publicised retirement of Brazilian superstar Romario turned out to be reversible.
At 43, the former striker said he is planning to return to the pitch as part of his late father’s favourite team, the modest America of Rio de Janeiro.

The man who scored over 1,000 goals throughout his career, based on his own controversial count, said he hopes to play “one or two” games for America, which is in the second category of the state of Rio de Janeiro.

“I will play in one or two official matches to make my father’s dream come true,” Romario said, in comments to Brazilian media Thursday.

He recalled that his father, Edevair Faria, who died last year, always hoped his son would end his career at America.

However, the player’s plans coincide with serious financial troubles. Romario Wednesday lost a luxurious 776-square-metre apartment on the beach in the classy neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca, which was auctioned by justice officials to pay off the former striker’s debts.

Friends of the player said he is working hard to lose weight and get fit again, and noted that he had undergone several medical tests in recent weeks.

Romario last played a competitive football game in November 2007. However, fans hope that his performances can help America return to the top category of football in Rio de Janeiro.

The team currently leads the so-called Serie B. The top two teams will win promotion to the top flight of Rio’s football in 2010.

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