Romario played just 65 minutes at the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ against Scotland due to injury and suspension but four years later he was the star of the tournament as Brazil lifted the trophy for the first time since 1970.

He formed a formidable attacking partnership with Bebeto and scored five times, including the only goal in the semi-final success against Sweden. He was also on target in the quarter-final and all three group games, and converted his spot-kick in the shootout after a goalless final against Italy.



His performances saw him awarded the adidas Golden Ball, which is presented to the best player at each finals, and his contribution was summed up by coach Carlos Alberto Parreira who said: "Romario was sent to us by the good Lord."

Romario was sent to us by the good Lord.

Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira

In 2007 Romario also became only the second player, after fellow Brazilian Pele, to reportedly score 1,000 goals in his career after he converted a penalty for Vasco da Gama.