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Spelling Baixinho
  Romario de Souza
  Romario de Souza Faria
Gender Male
Birthplace Jacarezinho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazilian Footballer
  Brazilian Politician
  Brazilian Senator
Desc Romario was extroverted, hedonistic and often volatile, the swaggering Carioca whose blend of on-pitch genius and outspoken off-field extravagance placed him in lineal succession to fellow Brazilian mavericks Garrincha and Sócrates


Political Party Podemos
Org Brazil National Team
Club as Player Miami FC
  Flamengo FC
  PSV Eindhoven
  Vasco da Gama FC
  Olaria FC


Father Edevair
Teammate Aldair
  Roberto Carlos
  Hristo Stoichkov


Baixinho Baixinho is Romario’s nickname, meaning ‘shorty’
1985 World Youth Championship Romario was caught urinating off his hotel balcony in Moscow, and he was consequently sent home in disgrace
1998 07 12
World Cup 1998 final where France defeat Brazil 3-0. Zinedine Zidane score 2 goals with assist from Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. also final goal came from Emmanuel Petit with assist by Patrick Vieira

2012 03 13 Retrieve

[on Michael Laudrup] The best player I have ever played with and the 5th best in the history of the game

2013 05 15 Retrieve

[Romario explained how the date of his conversion from sporting tyro to public servant] When I stopped being a football player, it’s true that politics didn’t even enter my head. Then eight years ago my daughter [Ivy] was born with Downs Syndrome. I started spending time with parents, relatives and friends of people who have some kind of disability. I began to realise there was no-one to represent these people in politics, so I decided to stand for election

[Romario says he is all in favour of leaving Brazil’s past behind] But the people who took part in the dictatorship should be left behind too

[Romario conceded to us he wasn’t perfect. In one respect, though, he is determined not to sink to the level of some of his fellow MPs] What I have in my conscience is that while I’m here in Congress, I won’t be corrupted, I will do justice to the people who voted for me

2014 11 01 Retrieve

[Romario on Neymar] He has everything to make history. He’s only 22 and already near Brazil’s three all-time top goal scorers. If he manages to keep this up, he will surpass Pele

2014 11 22 Retrieve

[Romario on Neymar] Neymar has everything to be greater than Messi. Messi has already gone down in history, but Neymar can make an even bigger impact. Messi may not have another World Cup in which to compete and win, but Neymar has three or four more. In relation to national team goals, he will surpass me. But Romario is unsurpassable! He may reach 1,000 goals, but nobody will ever be like Romario

2016 10 13 Retrieve

[Romario on Pele] Messi has all the conditions to be the best, but first he has to beat Maradona, Romario and then eventually Pele

2017 11 09 Retrieve

[A dismissive Vasco da Gama’s coach deemed Romario too small to make it in the professional game. Decades later, he would brashly retell how it only fuelled his ambitions to chase his dream] Find a prick to slag you off and motivate yourself with this challenge

[As Romário’s stock skyrocketed, so too did his ego. When Barcelona came calling, it was a surprise to no one] When I was born, the man in the sky pointed to me and said, ‘That’s the guy’

2017 11 17 Retrieve

[Romario announces that state legislator Bebeto would join his political party Podemos and that they would work together to reform the state, which is bankrupt and beset by increasing violence] Our dream is going to happen. Together we can rebuild Rio. All you have to do is join us

2018 03 18 Retrieve

[Romario, 52-year-old, announces his Rio state governor candidacy] In these chaotic times, change is necessary, change is urgent … Rio always had safety problems, but never like now. I don’t have experience of being in charge. It will be, God willing, the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to demonstrate all I have learned in my life

2018 05 11 Retrieve

[Romario gives advice Gabriel Jesus tips for World Cup successes] Have enough sex is one piece of advice, as is making the most you can of your days off and, of course, concentrate on match days and during the games … I believe he’s quite aware of his football and what it represents for the Brazilian team. He has to arrive at the World Cup and score a goal. That’s the most important thing … The World Cup is a totally different competition from the rest, in which you have to be 100 per cent focused and push all your problems aside, otherwise you aren’t going to have the best Cup possible. It is good that he is playing in Europe because maybe 80 or 90 per cent of the best players in the world play there and he will have faced them already. But the first thing I advise him to do is have lots of good sex

2019 09 18 Retrieve

[Romario talks about Bebeto] We are different people, Bebeto is a family type, stay at home. I’m a street cat

[Romario talks about his childhood] We were very poor. My parents worked, but we could just manage to get something to eat. And if we didn’t even manage that, we had to rely on relatives … it was definitely a childhood full of hardships and poverty

[With both players clearly at ease with one another, Romário underlined the bond shared between the pair and indeed the rest of the squad when he said] A lot of people have said the yellow jersey is a pretty jersey, but it didn’t have a heart beating inside. Following this World Cup, it might be possible to say it’s still a pretty jersey, but now with 11 hearts beating inside

2019 10 20 Retrieve

[Pele may be Brazil’s greatest goalscorer of all time] Messi has all the conditions to be the best, but first he has to beat Maradona, Romario and then eventually Pele