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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Romario Scores Number 1000

Sunday night, a great player added to his legendary status in Brasil. Romario de Souza Faria, better known as "Romario," scored his 1000th goal in all competitions. It was a penalty kick for Vasco da Gama versus Sport Recife. He is 41 years old, and has been scoring goals since he was 13 years of age.

Many in Brasil disputed the goal total. Romario and Pele' commented on the controversy:

"Romario rebuffs critics who claim he compiled the count himself. Arguing 'the counting was done by professionals. If I'd counted them myself there would be around 3,000.' Earlier this year Pelé joined the array of dissenting voices and attacked the 'everything counts' strategy, on Sunday however he was quick to congratulate the player. 'He is a good student,' he joked, 'Now he is just 282 goals short [of Pelé's own record].' " (1)

Here is a great video that shows the 1000th goal of Pele' and Romario.

Reference

(1) Brazzil Magazine: One Thousand Times Romario, 21 May 2007.

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