Brazil rolls red carpet for Romario yet again
Have you heard the news about the master coming out of retirement to help his beloved team?
No, IÃ¢ÂÂm not talking about the German car racer with the bad neck.
Brazil will roll the red carpet once again for RomÃÂ¡rio, who has announced heÃ¢ÂÂs returning to play Ã¢ÂÂa game or twoÃ¢ÂÂ for AmÃÂ©rica in the Rio de Janeiro State Second Division Championship.
The 43-year-old ace wants to fulfill a promise made to his father, Edevair, who died last year and was a lifelong fan of the club.
Ã¢ÂÂI want to don the AmÃÂ©rica shirt to make my fatherÃ¢ÂÂs dream come true,Ã¢ÂÂ he said.
Last week the 1994 World Cup champion, whoÃ¢ÂÂs a club-director-slash-sponsor-magnet, took to the field for his first practice with his employees-slash-team-mates.
Ã¢ÂÂI hope my premiere is not widely publicised. People will compare me with the old RomÃÂ¡rio, and IÃ¢ÂÂm no match for him," said Shorty.
"IÃ¢ÂÂm not in physical or technical conditions to help America, but I want to be champion for the team, even if I had played only a minute!
Ã¢ÂÂThe most important thing here is that the young players will learn from my experience. WeÃ¢ÂÂll be together in the games and daily practices.Ã¢ÂÂ
"Keep up Graeme. You've got three years on me..."
Daily practices? LetÃ¢ÂÂs pretend we didnÃ¢ÂÂt hear that one from the man who coined the phrase: Ã¢ÂÂThereÃ¢ÂÂs no need to practice, I already know what to do on the pitch.Ã¢ÂÂ
Unless, of course, he wants to spend more time out of the house to forget his sea of problems.
In the two last months alone, RomÃÂ¡rio has been arrested and spent a night in prison for not paying alimony to his first wife, was convicted of tax evasion, accused of being part of a pyramid scheme, and had his luxury penthouse in Rio de Janeiro auctioned to cover for his debts.
But for sure his return to football is a way of boosting his bank account. After all, fellow champ Michael Schumacher was going to earn 3 million euro per race.
Ã¢ÂÂMe? IÃ¢ÂÂll earn R$500 (around ÃÂ£170) a month... it definitely wonÃ¢ÂÂt help me pay my alimonies,Ã¢ÂÂ smiled the ace.
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs the price you pay for having outstanding marksmanship Ã¢ÂÂ we know Shorty has six kids with four different ladies.