Romario guides father's favourite team to title

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Brazil and Barcelona striker Romario came out of retirement to play 22 minutes for his late father's favourite team America-RJ and lift the Rio de Janeiro state second division title on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old Romario, who retired in 2008 and became America's sporting director this year, came on as a substitute in the second half of America's 2-0 win over Artsul.

The former Barcelona striker was unable to improve on his career goals tally, which he has claimed to be over 1000, but he did a lap of honour with the trophy.

"I had the chance to play in several teams, I wore the most important shirt in the football universe which is that of the Brazil national team, but today this is a very different emotion to all those," he told reporters on the edge of the pitch before his appearance.