Alive & Kicking: Romario makes his comeback with America-RJ (video)

Brazil’s legendary striker Romario came out of retirement for a one-off special on Wednesday night, to fulfill the wish of his deceased father.

The 43-year-old forward, who ended his career last year after 23 years, turned out for second-division Rio de Janeiro outfit America-RJ, who were his father’s favourite team.

Romario, who became America’s sporting director this year, came on as a substitute in the second half of America’s 2-0 win over Artsul before joining in with the team’s celebrations as they lifted the Rio de Janeiro state second division title.

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.

Romario:  “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.”

Footage of Romario’s comeback can be seen here.