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You never know, but it seems that 42-year-old Romário de Souza Faria is set to retire from the game. The PSV legend himself has announced that he calls time on his football career. 'Officially I'm not playing any more. I've stopped. My time is up. Everything has been a lot of fun,' said the small Brazilian at a DVD launch.
The older PSV fans will vividly remember the small striker who produced so much goal threat, conjuring space in congested goal mouths, and scoring goals beyond other men's imagination. Romário, who is 42 years old, spent five seasons with PSV, from 1988 until1993, where he developed into a big star and prolific goalscorer. He paved the way for many South American players who started their career with PSV. Following in the footsteps of Pelé, he was the second Brazilian football player to reach the 1000 goal landmark. Romario made 167 appearances for PSV, scoring as many as 165 goals, including goals scored in friendlies. He netted 98 goals for PSV in 109 Eredivisie appearances, fourteen goals in cup ties, fifteen goals in European competitions and 38 goals in friendlies. All in all, he scored 165 goals for PSV.
had four stints with Vasco da Gama, where he started and finished his career, and also played for Flamengo and Fluminense in Brazil, PSV, Barcelona and Valencia. Romario also had spells with Al Sadd in Qatar, Miami FC in the United States and Adelaide United in Australia. 'I've been thinking things over and decided to call time on my career', told the 42-year-old Brazilian reporters. 'Officially I'm not playing any more. I've stopped. My time is up. Everything has been a lot of fun.' His announcement brings to an end a sparkling 23-year career, during which he scored 1,002 goals. Romario has already mentioned that a farewell match may take place between two of his old clubs at the Maracana. 'If somebody offers me to play a farewell match, it would be good that I wear the national shirt or maybe one that mixes the Vasco, Flamengo and Fluminense shirts.' Romário announced the news of his retirement in Rio de Janeiro at the launch of a DVD, Romário é gol, showing 900 of his 1,002 career goals. Romario played for Brazil at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, scoring five goals to help Brazil win the latter tournament. He made 79 appearances for his country, scoring 64 goals. Every two or three years, he pays a visit to friends in Eindhoven. One thing is for sure: Romário will always be remembered as one of the true greats of the club and the PSV fans will never ever forget him!