Romario denies he is retiring

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Romario has denied he was quitting soccer - one day after Brazilian media reported that he was retiring, local news agencies said.

Romario denies he is retiring

Rio De Janeiro:

Romario has denied he was quitting soccer - one day after Brazilian media reported that he was retiring, local news agencies said. "I'm not quitting," Romario told a news agency last night. On Tuesday, the 38-year-old strike was quoted by O Globo news agency as saying he "can't do it anymore." Romario also said he planned to play one final game to say farewell fans at Maracana stadium some time in the second half of 2005. But he clarified his comments on Wednesday. "I said I was more or less without desire, but that doesn't mean I am quitting," he said. "I have the physical and technical conditions to play at least one more year," Romario said, adding he wanted to dispute the Rio de Janeiro state championship for Vasco, where he began his career. Romario last played for Rio club Fluminense. He burst onto the national soccer scene in 1985 and played for Vasco until 1988. He then jumped to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven and Spain's FC Barcelona, and reached soccer's pinnacle at the 1994 World Cup. He was elected FIFA player of the year in 1994. In 1998, he was cut from the World Cup team with a leg injury, and Brazil finished second to host France. In Brazil, Romario continued to shine and a draft-Romario movement swept the country on the eve of the 2002 World Cup. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari resisted the pressure, and Romario watched as Brazil picked up a record fifth title in Japan. In recent years, he played for Flamengo before joining Fluminense. (AP)

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