Romario to hang up his boots

Former Brazilian international striker Romario announced Friday that he will retire this weekend when his contract with Vasco de Gama expires.

"I'm not playing any more. I no longer have the form. It's over for me," he said.

The 1994 FIFA World Cup winner said that from 30 March he "would be unemployed and looking for a job".

The last match he played was on 4 November, but he did not rule out playing some farewell games.

"I always wanted to end as I began, without anyone noticing. I said that when it was least expected I would stop. But it could happen that I could still do one or two farewell games ... who knows? I'm in this situation because I want to be. I've taken the advantage to stay with my children. That's what makes me happy."

As for the future, the player who scored 1,000 goals, is open to offers.

"There was the possibility of doing something with Fla[mengo] TV. Kleber Leite [Flamengo vice-president] was meant to contact me but I've heard nothing yet," explained Romario.

"I'm going to wait until something terrific turns up. I wanted to do something for the 2014 World Cup. I would like to participate in a commission."