Romario: Brazil Legend Names the Only Two Players Who Were Better Than Him

Romario: Brazil Legend Names the Only Two Players Who Were Better Than Him

Isaac Darko
updated at February 19, 2024 at 12:38 PM
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  • Romario feels he was surpassed by only two players in the history of football
  • The Brazilian holds the belief that he was better than Kylian Mbappe and Neymar
  • The Barcelona legend helped Brazil win the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA

Legendary Brazil forward Romario has asserted that throughout football history, only two players were better than him.

The Barcelona icon represented Brazil in 70 matches from 1987 to 2005, finding the net 55 times for his nation.

He won the Golden Ball award as the South Americans lifted the World Cup in 1994.

Romario, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele, Maradona
According to Romario (M), Lionel Messi (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo (R) were at the same level as him. Credit: @barcauniversal @madridxtra
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During an interview with Catenaccio e Contropiede, Romario was prompted to draw comparisons between himself and several prominent figures from the past and present.

The former PSV forward expressed his belief that he stood on par with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The 57-year-old also stated his belief that he was a superior player to Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Luis Suarez.

Romario added that Diego Maradona and Pele were the only players superior to him.

When pressed further, the iconic striker was asked if he truly believed only two players were better than him.

He nodded and then said: "My opinion is this".

In addition to Ronaldo and Messi, Romario voiced his opinion that Brazilian icons Ronaldinho and Ronaldo shared the same level of talent as he did.

Romario ranked among top scorers

Romario is third on the list of all-time top scorers with 772 goals, while his compatriot Pele is fourth with 767.

During his tenure representing the Selecao, he clinched the Copa America trophy three times.

Additionally, the iconic striker boasts ten significant club titles, encompassing championships from Brazil, Spain, and the Netherlands.

In Eindhoven, Romario featured in 148 matches for PSV, tallying 128 goals. His remarkable form persisted when he transitioned to Barcelona in La Liga in 1993, where over 18 months, he notched 39 goals in 65 appearances for the Camp Nou club.

Romario shows off incredible skills

Sports Brief reported previously that Romario demonstrated that he still possesses remarkable skills in an astonishing street football match.

During his active playing years, Romario secured victory in the World Cup, clinched three Copa America titles, conquered La Liga, and earned three Dutch championships along with three Dutch cups, marking an illustrious and distinguished career.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)