Former World Cup striker Romario says he is
still playing professional football in Brazil at 39 because the rest of
the players are not up to much.
"Something that motivates me is that, technically, the gang (other
players) are really weak," he told reporters in a media conference on
the eve of his official farewell international.
Romario, who was apparently referring to the standard of domestic
football, has been picked as the 23rd player in the squad for Brazil's
friendly at home to Guatemala on Wednesday.
Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said the former PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona
and Valencia striker is likely to play the first few minutes before
"This is definitely my last game for Brazil," said Romario, adding he
would rather the match had been held at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana
stadium rather than Sao Paulo's Pacaembu.
"It would not be true to say that this is the ideal place for my
farewell. I've always told the truth and I'm not going to stop today,"
said Romario. "The ideal would be the Maracana because Rio de Janeiro is
Wednesday's game could provide the chance for Romario to line up, albeit
briefly, alongside Robinho, considered the best of Brazil's latest
generation of players.
The Santos striker, 18 years Romario's junior, avoided comparisons.
"Romario is Romario, Robinho is Robinho," he said. "I don't think
there's any similarity apart from the colour. He's as black as I am but
he's shorter, I'm taller, he's stronger and I'm a bit more frail."
"Romario is a player who can't be compared to anyone else," added
Robinho. "He has always scored goals, he has always decided matches.
I've still got a lot to learn in football."
Brazil have picked a squad of home-based players for Wednesday's game,
which has been arranged to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a
Guatemala were the fourth choice opponents after Argentina, Uruguay and
Ecuador all turned down the invitation.