Where is Romário now?

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It has been 15 long years since the Brazilian icon Romário was last seen wearing an Adelaide United jersey and gracing the pitches of Australia.

Romário was a powerhouse player for the Brazilian national team in the late 80s and the majority of the 90s, winning the Copa América in 1989 and 1997, the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1997, and his most iconic achievement – winning the FIFA World Cup in 1994.

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He also had a few successful seasons with Netherland’s giant PSV Eindhoven, winning the Eredivisie three times, the KNVB Cup two times and the Dutch Super Cup in 1992.

Romário joined Barcelona in 1993 and won the La Liga with the ‘Dream Team’ coached by Johan Cruyff. He played alongside iconic players such as Hristo Stiochkov, Jośe Mari Bakero, Pep Guardiola, Michael Laudrup and Ronald Koeman.

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In 2006, Romário joined the Reds on loan as a five-game guest stint. However, he played four games and only scored one goal, which was against Newcastle Jets.

It was not the fairy tale spell that Adelaide were hoping for, but they can proudly say that they had a World Cup-winning legend play and score for their club.

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The footballing world is familiar with who Romário is and what he has accomplished as a player, but where is he now?

Believe it or not, Romário retired from playing and coaching and decided to become a Brazilian politician.

It began in 2010, where he was elected to the Chambers of Deputies on the Brazilian Socialists Party ticket.

Romário made his political opinion clear that he was against the idea of Brazil hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, seeing the tournament being heavily influenced by corruption and money laundering.

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In 2014, he decided to run for senate in the general election. In October of that year, Romário received the most votes in history by a candidate representing the state of Rio de Janeiro when he was elected to the senate.

Romário decided to join Podemos in 2017, which he became president of the State of Rio de Janeiro party.

However, the Brazilian legend did not stop there because in 2018 he announced his campaign to run for governor in Rio de Janeiro but finished in fourth place with 8.6 per cent of votes.

The 55-year-old continues to be a Senator for Rio de Janeiro, but it would be a wild thought if the man who won them the World Cup in 1994 would become the governor of Rio de Janeiro one day.

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It is great to see when top footballs decided to take a different career path, and by the look of things, Romário seems to be doing well.

The Reds have now become the only A-League team to have a Brazilian senator play for their club – something to add to the bag of bragging rights.

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Daniel Gualterio
Bachelor of Sports Media student from Charles Sturt University covering Macarthur FC. Passionate for the world game.
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