Romario was prolific wherever he played. Such was his supreme self-confidence, Louis van Gaal once said, “If he saw I was a bit more nervous than usual ahead of a big game, he’d come to me and say, ‘take it easy, coach, I’m going to score and we’re going to win.’” According to the Dutchman, eight times out of 10 it happened the way Romario said it would.
The Brazilian was utterly ruthless in front of goal, combining dazzling skill and almost magnetic close control; when one-on-one with the goalkeeper there was only one winner. His record for Brazil is superb – his 55 goals in just 70 games puts him behind only Pele and Ronaldo in the list of the Selecao’s highest scorers.
Career highlight: Player of the tournament at USA 94, Romario bagged five in seven for a Brazil side who relied upon his cutting edge.