Aside from Olympic gold and the Champions League, Romario has won everything a player can win in football. In two tournaments he went winless, again becoming the top scorer. The last player in World Cup history to win the Golden Ball for a cup-winning side was Romario, the hero of Brazil’s fourth World Cup victory.
Maradona was asked in 2008, who is the best footballer he has ever seen? The football wizard answered Romario’s name. He has never seen a finisher the size of this Brazilian. But Romario never put himself at number one, whenever the question arose, Roma always reserved the place next to Pele for himself.
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All those who have watched this incredible footballer play have one thing in common. If the Dbox has a place equal to the needle, it is a time when it will be dark for the opponent. This crazy footballer did not get a place in the Brazil team before the 94 World Cup. It was impossible to go to the World Cup with a conflict with the coach. But in the qualifiers against Uruguay, Romario was called up without seeing Carlos Alberto Paheira. Roma kept their word, bringing Brazil back from the brink. Narrating the incident, Pahira said, God sent Roma to save me.
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The two post-Pele eras are simultaneously ones of frustration and pain for Brazilian football. Brazil, who won the 1970 World Cup with the best team in history, failed in the World Cup. The golden generation of Zico, Socrates, Falcao burned Paolo Rossi’s hat-trick in the 82 World Cup. And the World Cup of 86 will be written in the history as Maradona’s immortal epic.
The Brazil team in 94 was not very impressive. Considering the squad of 82 or 86, no one expected this team to win the title. The team of Rai-Bebeto-Dungad made it through the qualifiers.
Romario scored in all three matches of the group stage. And Brazil will lose the match with Roma’s goal, that is impossible. The Selecao won the first knockout match against the United States by a single goal. The scorer was Bebeto, the assist was Romario. Then the baby bump celebration of that goal is history.
The Dutch lost 3-2 in the quarters. Roma had a goal there too. A valuable goal against Sweden in the semis also came from his feet. But to eternal regret, Romario did not get any field goal in the final. He could not cope with Italy’s defensive tactics. But Brazil’s second goal in the tiebreak came from his feet.
This Brazilian scored 5 goals on the way to win the World Cup. Only Russia’s Oleg Salenko and Bulgaria’s Stychkov have scored more goals. Both were the top scorers of the tournament with 6 goals.
Due to this superhuman performance, Romario became the best footballer of the 1994 World Cup. Since then no member of the World Cup winning team has won the Golden Ball.