Former Brazil World Cup forward Romario
told Pele to put a shoe in his mouth on Friday after he suggested the
38-year-old should retire.
Romario, who is 39 at the end of the month, said he was 90 percent
certain to continue his career with Vasco da Gama.
"When Pele's quiet, he's a poet," the outspoken 1994 World Cup winner
told reporters on Copacabana beach after training for a beach soccer
match at the weekend.
"But he just talks shit. On the field, he was the greatest player in
history, he was our king. But he should put a shoe in his mouth.
"He should look after his own life. I don't stick my nose into his
affairs, so he shouldn't stick his into mine."
Romario also poked fun at Pele's famous habit of getting predictions
"When he says something, either it doesn't happen or the opposite
happens," he said.
Romario has launched verbal attacks throughout his career and has fallen
out with personalities such as former Brazil captain Zico and former
national team coach Mario Zagallo.
In October, he described himself as Brazil's most important player since
the 1970 World Cup, a comment which brought an angry response from
Romario has been without a club since he was fired by Fluminense in
October, following a season in which he has struggled for match fitness,
clashed with his coaches and been involved in controversy about his
But he is widely expected to have a swansong with Vasco, the club where
he began his career.
"I'm training and it's 90 percent certain," he said. "There are just a
few things to settle with the club."