4. ROMARIO: Quest for 1,000th goal must wait

Romario will have to wait another month before he resumes his bid to score his 1,000th goal.

The 41-year-old legend again was held scoreless as Vasco da Gama were knocked out of the Taca Rio after a 4-4 tie with Botafogo in a game that produced three goals in the first four minutes and seven in the first half. Botafogo won the game on penalty kicks and moved into the final of the second stage of the Rio state championship.

Romario has failed to score in his last three games and has been stuck on 999 goals. Vasco da Gama is finished in the Rio state championship and was also knocked out of the Copa Brasil by Second Division Gama. The Campeonato Brasileiro -- the national league -- doesn't begin until May 12.

Romario's quest for his 1,000 career goal has been filled with controversy. The legitimacy of Romario's goal total has been questioned, and one teammate blasted Romario, saying the expectations and pressure were affecting Vasco.

Romario suggested Leandro Amaral should consider playing for a smaller club.

"I'm used to playing for big clubs, I've done it all my life," said Romario. "Vasco is a big team and people have to get used to the pressure. Of course, responsibility is a problem for some players and if he says it's a problem, he should go and play for a smaller club. I'm not getting in the way. If somebody is not happy, they should ask to leave and that goes for the coach as well."

Romario could have had another shot at the milestone, but he chose not play on Sunday because the game was not at the giant Maracana Stadium, where he wanted to score his 1,000th goal.
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