Brazil Legend Ronaldo Reveals How Romario Masterminded a Way To Take His Spot in the Starting XI

Brazil Legend Ronaldo Reveals How Romario Masterminded a Way To Take His Spot in the Starting XI

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Former world footballer of the year Ronaldo has disclosed how his senior teammate Romario desperately wanted his starting role
  • Ronaldo met Romario in the Brazilian senior national team and was included in the team that won the World Cup in 1994 as an 18-year-old
  • Romario will take Ronaldo out at late nights and return in the morning just so he could start ahead of the rising star

Three times world footballer of the year, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, says his former teammate at Brazil, Romario, will take him out at late nights and return in the morning so he takes his place in the starting line up.

Ronaldo played with Romario in the early nineties and was a member of the Brazil team that won the 1994 World Cup as an 18-year-old, although not a starter.

Few years later, a 21-year-old Ronaldo was the main man for the Brazilian national team and started ahead of the ageing Romario.

Ronaldo and Romario playing for Brazil in 1997. SOURCE: Getty Images
Ronaldo opens up on how he was treated by Romario. SOURCE: Getty Images
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However, Romario seemed unsatisfied with a role on the bench, so he coaxed a plan to wear the forward up so he could reclaim his position.

"A few years later, in 1997 I was an important player already," Ronaldo told Christian Vieri on the Italian's Twitch show Bobo TV.
"I had already won the Ballon d’Or, and during the training retreat for the Copa America, Romario suddenly told me: ‘Get ready, we go out tonight, don’t worry.’
"He had prepared a ladder to climb over the hotel’s wall, and there was a taxi waiting for us on the other side. We returned at 5 am and I was exhausted the following day in training. I understood that Romario did it on purpose to tire me out and take my spot in the starting XI.”

Ronaldo went on to lead Brazil at the World Cup in 1998 and in 2002, winning the competition in Japan. He also finished top scorer with eight goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo shows fleet of cars

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that, Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo owns a staggering £17million fleet of supercars and his garage was spotted while giving his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez a tour of his mansion.

SunSport reports that Georgina who is documenting a series on Netflix had taken the cameras around their £5million mansion in Madrid.

And in one of the scenes, Ronaldo’s garage was shown having quite a number of supercars perfectly parked.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.