The former Brazil striker Romário has been elected to the senate in his home country after winning 63.4% of the vote for the Rio de Janeiro seat while Bebeto, his striking partner when A Seleção won the 1994 World Cup, was re-elected as a state deputy.
The 48-year-old Socialist candidate, who was part of the 1994 Brazilian World Cup winning side, finished comfortably ahead of his Democratic Party rival, Cesar Maia, who received 20.5%.
Elected as a congressman for the Socialist Party in 2010, Romário, who scored 55 goals in 70 appearances for the Seleção, was strongly opposed to Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup, alleging corruption and a waste of public money.
In his playing career, Romário shot to prominence in Europe after a successful spell with PSV Eindhoven secured a move to Barcelona in 1993, where he helped the Catalan club to La Liga title and the Champions League final in his first season, scoring 30 goals in 33 matches.
Bebeto – famously knocked back by St Mirren at the age of 37 due to fitness concerns – joined the Management Board of the Local Organising Committee for Brazil’s World Cup in February 2012, where he teamed up with another Brazilian legend, Ronaldo, and is a sitting member of the legislative assembly’s Special Committee Promoting the Legacy of the Sporting Events of 2014 and 2016.
Source: UK Guardian