Farewell to a genius... and to a brand new Ferrari
Fourteen years after first talking about ending his career Ã¢ÂÂ following BrazilÃ¢ÂÂs 1994 World Cup title Ã¢ÂÂ RomÃÂ¡rio finally announced heÃ¢ÂÂs done with football at the launch of his 1,000 goals DVD project in Rio de Janeiro this week.
The Noise from Brazil has already pondered what life would be like without the Shorty, but we'll once again pay tribute to the diminutive genius, the biggest menace a defender could face inside the box.
This time, though, weÃ¢ÂÂll let RomÃÂ¡rio do the talking.
Chosen by himself, here are the 11 top goals of the aceÃ¢ÂÂs career. (Note that the goal chosen this week by the fans in the El Mundo Deportivo poll as BarcelonaÃ¢ÂÂs all-time best is only the 6th on RomÃÂ¡rioÃ¢ÂÂs list).
Thanks again, Shorty!
In retirement, football wonÃ¢ÂÂt give RomÃÂ¡rio any more headaches Ã¢ÂÂ he resigned, remember, from his player/coach position at Vasco because of pain-in-the-ass directors bothering him.
But the same canÃ¢ÂÂt be said about his friends.
Earlier this week while partying at a nightclub in Rio, he lent the keys to his Ferrari F-430 to a pal named Beto. Forty minutes later, at 6am, he received a call from his buddy, crying. Below is the result.
As he always did on the pitch, RomÃÂ¡rio kept a cool head and made fun of the situation. Ã¢ÂÂThat was fine. Beto is like a brother, I wonÃ¢ÂÂt charge him a cent.
"But from now on IÃ¢ÂÂll only lend him my old VW Beetle.Ã¢ÂÂ